When your home does not have adequate insulation, you may experience a number of different problems. Here are a few signs it’s probably time to consider replacing or adding to your home insulation:
- High energy bills—When your home lacks adequate insulation in crawlspace and attic areas, the weather outside will greatly impact the temperature in your home. As a result, your air conditioner will have to work twice as hard in the summer, and your heater will have to work just as hard to keep your home comfortable in the winter. If your energy costs have steadily and dramatically increased, your home insulation may need to be improved.
- Indoor Drafts—Drafts can infiltrate your home when there is not enough blockage between your home’s interior and the air outside. If you feel like your home is particularly drafty, even after you close up all of your windows and doors, it may be time to assess the effectiveness of your insulation.
- Animal infestation—If mice, rats, possums, squirrels, and other rodents have made a home for themselves in your crawlspace or attic, it may be beneficial to replace your home insulation. Without doing so, feces and other grime could affect the quality and effectiveness of this material.
- Indoor temperature fluctuations—Your home’s insulation could have been originally placed in an uneven or insufficient manner. If you find that the temperature in your home varies greatly by room, new insulation in certain places may be required.