Properly insulating your home has many benefits. Most notably, a well insulated home will be able to regulate its temperature in a consistent and efficient manner, taking stress off of the heating and cooling system, which both lowers the utility bills and improves the quality of life of the inhabitants. If you are wondering whether or not your home is properly insulated, this post will help you investigate.
There are a few signs that you can look for that may signal that your home is improperly insulated. Since insulation maintains the temperature inside the home, taking stress off the heating and cooling systems, if your energy bills are high, or suddenly spike, this may be due to a problem in the insulation. Also, if you can feel the temperature inside of your house fluctuate from room to room this is most likely a sign of poor insulation. Chilly drafts running through the house can also signal bad insulation. In general, a well insulated house should not have any cold walls or floors, so if you find that either of these is noticeably cool to the touch, this could signal poor insulation as well. Finally, in cold climates, if you find ice dams on the roof or frozen pipes in the walls, this is yet another sign that your insulation is faulty.
If any of the above signs have you concerned that your home is not properly insulated, you may want to call in a professional and consider insulating or re-insulating the house. Also note that insulating the attic will greatly help with the home’s insulation. It is often underestimated how much heat is lost through the roof, and investing in attic insulation in conjunction with house insulation can save you big on energy bills.
If you want to hold off on these major insulation projects, you can follow a few DIY steps to improve the insulation in your house. Make sure that all of the windows and doors that exit the house are well sealed: patch window cracks with sealer, and apply strips of sealant between the doors and the floor. Also consider bulking up on your windows. You may either install heavy curtains over the windows to help with the insulation, or you may invest in a double glazed window.