There is a strong likelihood that your home is under-insulated unless you opted to add extra insulation while your home was being built. Most homebuilders install only the minimum amount of insulation as required by the building code. Installing more insulation will favor the homeowner; however, it reduces profit, and homebuilders are in business to make money.
When you feel that your air conditioning or your heater is working extra hard during extreme weather conditions, chances are your home is under-insulated. The following are signs that indicate that you need more insulation:
- Fluctuating temperatures – You can be sure that you have enough insulation in your home if you can maintain an even temperature throughout the house. If there is a variation in temperature between rooms, you may need to install additional insulation.
- High energy bills – Look back through your energy bills for the past few years, and if you notice a sizeable increase, you may have a problem with your home insulation. If you have blown-in insulation, note that it settles over time and becomes less effective.
- Cold walls, floors, and ceilings – Do the touch test during winter by touching your walls, floors, and ceilings. If they feel cold and damp, the insulation in the home is probably lacking.
- Chilly drafts – Drafts in some areas of the house during winter months could indicate insufficient insulation. Adding extra layers of insulation will solve the problem.
- Mice and bugs in your home – If you notice small critters roaming around your home, they probably entered through gaps or holes. In winter, these entry points will allow cold air to enter the house and warm air to exit. In summer, the reverse will occur.
If you notice these signs of inadequate insulation in your home, call an insulation installer who has the appropriate insulation equipment and other insulation accessories to get your home up to par.