Is your home properly insulated?
If your home was built before 1980, you are instantly part of more than 77 billion Americans whose homes are insufficiently insulated. Prior to 1980, there weren’t any insulation regulations for construction to follow; this resulted in many residences having little to no insulation.
However, even if your home was built after 1980, the code for insulation has consistently changed over the years. So, in any situation, it’s best to get your insulation inspected, as well as to look out for these signs that might indicate your home is under-insulated.
1. Soaring Energy Bills
It takes a lot of power to keep a home temperature controlled. This is especially true if you live in a state like Arizona, where outside temperatures can reach a whopping 122 °F during the summer months and where winters can be extremely drafty due to the lack of moisture in the desert.
Plus, if your home is insufficiently insulated, your furnace or air conditioner is probably running all the time, working around the clock to keep your living space comfortable. What does this result in? Paying a fortune on your energy bills every month only to have your expensive cooled or heated air escape through the walls, windows, attic, etc.
Investing in proper insulation for your home will help lower your heating and cooling bills in the long run as well as make your home more comfortable to live in.
2. High-Temperature Variations Between Rooms
Another sign that your home isn’t properly insulated is when different rooms in your home are different temperatures. Have you found that your master bedroom is hotter than the other rooms on the same floor? This could mean that any existing insulation has settled and isn’t doing its job anymore.
If your home was well insulated, you would be enjoying consistent, even temperatures across your home. However, with poor insulation, you’ll notice substantial temperature fluctuations from one room to the next.
If you are experiencing this problem, your home will benefit from the support of more effective insulation where your cooled or heated air is escaping from.
3. Home Gets Excessively Hot During The Summer
Is your home getting extremely hot during the summer? Almost as if your air conditioner is not doing its job? You probably need to invest in foil insulation. This type of insulation reflects heat rays away from your home and back into the atmosphere. If you are sweltering inside your home during the summer, it might be time to level up your insulation.
4. Mice & Bugs in Your Home
No one wants to see mice or bugs on their property. However, without insulation, critters can enter through tiny crevices and holes around doorways and windows. Unfortunately, these openings are also how cold air enters and warm air escapes. So, if you do see mice and bugs in your home, you might want to insulate these areas. You will not only keep your house bug and rodent-free, but you will also keep the internal temperature of your home at a pleasant temperature.
5. Cold Floors, Ceilings, and Walls
When floors, ceilings, and walls are cold to the touch, it is a guaranteed sign that your home is under-insulated. The interior floors, ceiling, and walls of your home should feel warm and dry. Conversely, your external walls should be cold; this means your insulation is doing its job in keeping the warmth inside your home.
Your floors, ceiling, and walls are your home’s first line of protection against extreme heat and cold. Making sure your insulation is up to par will ensure external weather conditions are not permeating your home and making it an uncomfortable space to live in.
What Can You Do if Your Home Is Under-Insulated?
Consider having one of our trained technicians provide you with expert advice to ensure your home is properly insulated! We service Phoenix and surrounding cities by providing excellent technical service and customer satisfaction at each job we arrive at. You will notice improved comfort indoors right away and lower energy bills. Contact us today to learn more about our insulation services!