How Do You Determine When It Is Time To Change Your Home's Insulation?

Posted on: 3 September 2015

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Home insulation is vital in your home's ability to keep warm and cool during the respective seasons. While the insulation inside of a new or custom built home is likely to be of higher quality, the insulation inside of an older home is likely to be aged and worn out. The question every homeowner should ask is simple – how do you know when you need to replace your home's insulation?

Animal Damage

If an animal was able to get into your home's attic or between the walls, it is possible that the animal has caused damage to your home's insulation. If there is any evidence to suggest animals have disturbed the insulation in your home, it needs to be replaced. Unfortunately, the insulation has likely been exposed to both urine and feces, which means you are likely breathing both of these in every time you take a breath inside of your home.

High Utility Bills

The expensiveness of your utility bill is directly impacted by the quality of the insulation of your home. If the insulation is doing its intended job properly, your air conditioning and heating system should not have to work as hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. This, in turn, is going to bring down the overall cost of your utility bill.

Inconsistent Temperatures Inside of the Home

You really shouldn't have hot and cold rooms in your home. When you have your thermostat set to 70 degrees, the entire home should be 70 degrees. You shouldn't have a room you avoid because it is always a lot hotter or colder than the rest of the house. If you have this problem, it means that area of the home needs some more (or new) insulation.

Signs of Water Damage

Water and insulation are far from being best friends. If your home has been exposed to heavy rain and flooding, there is a risk it seeped through the walls and into the insulation. Unfortunately, it is not easy for insulation to dry once it has gotten wet, and this makes it a breeding ground for mold and mildew once it has been exposed to water.

Naturally, it is also a good idea to ask how old the insulation inside the home is. While life expectancy of insulation varies depending on what type of insulation you have installed, it is never a bad idea to talk to an expert like Dewar Western Inc about inspecting the insulation and determining whether it should be replaced.