If your energy bill is high and you are unable to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your house, it might be due to old insulation. The function of insulation is to serve as a barrier between the inside and outside of the home. Insulation prevents warm air from entering your house during summer and cold air from entering your house during winter.
Insulation can become compromised with time and fail to provide an effective barrier. If your insulation is very old, it could contain asbestos which is hazardous to your health. This is especially true for insulation installed over 50 years ago.
Removing old insulation and replacing it with new material may be expensive, but it is an investment worth making—particularly if it involves the health of your family. In addition, you may find that the money you spend on new insulation is recouped quite quickly in the form of lower power bills.
Removing old insulation from your house is not difficult. However, it is best to consult a professional before proceeding. This is particularly true for insulation that was installed more than 50 years ago that is at risk for carcinogenic chemicals.
Professionals working in the insulation industry have the equipment and knowledge to properly handle hazardous chemicals in old insulation materials. They can thoroughly vacuum your insulation space to clear out toxic remnants. To make sure that you are getting your money’s worth, contact two or more insulation professionals or contractors and ask for price quotes. You can also check for online reviews of their companies.