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How to Check Poor Insulation in Your Home?

Are you worried about your insulation? One of the biggest problems homeowners face is poor or insufficient insulation. If your property doesn't have good insulation, you could face costly headaches. From damp and mold to astronomical bills, it's a homeowner's worst nightmare. But how do you say that your insulation isn't doing its job? That's where we come in! Keep reading for our guide on how to check if your home has poor insulation.

 

Indoor Temperatures Are Inconsistent
 

Good insulation in walls should keep a consistent temperature throughout your home. One of the signs of poor insulation is noticing considerable temperature differences. The heat stays in areas with stronger insulation but escapes where it's weaker. Improving home insulation will combat this. It'll help restore a more comfortable, consistent temperature across your home.

 

Energy Bills Are Sky High
 

To keep your home at a comfortable temperature all year round you'll use a lot of energy. Especially if you live in an area that experiences the highest and lowest temps. For a well-insulated home, the cost of utility bills gets cushioned. The problem is when you don't have enough insulation. Your HVAC system will need to work even harder to keep temperatures stable. And even then, you might experience inconsistency as mentioned above. For constant heating and cooling, you'll pay much higher bills for little reward. If your bills are higher than your neighbours in a similar property, check your insulation.

 

Your Pipes Keep Freezing
 

For areas that experience sub-zero temperatures, insulation is key to preventing freezing. The pipes in your walls should continue to function as they would in the warmer months. But with poor insulation, you may notice they freeze up regularly. In severe cases, they might even burst, causing a costly leak. The cost of fixing a burst pipe and its damage will dwarf updating the insulation.

 

You Have a Problem with Ice Dams
 

Another of the methods for checking insulation is checking for ice dams. A well insulated home will keep most of the heat inside it, with little escaping. In cold, icy weather, this means you shouldn't have dangerous ice dams or icicles. If you notice these on the outside of your home, it means too much heat is getting out. It's melting the snow on the roof, causing it to run off into your gutter system. There, without that heat, it'll freeze blocking it and causing a hazard for you and your family.

 

Your Home is Drafty
 

When your insulation doesn't do its job, winds and fluctuating air temperatures can get in. This causes drafts inside your home which can be a shock when the windows and doors aren't open. If you're experiencing drafts you can't explain, most likely it's your insulation.

 

Your Home is too Noisy
 

Another benefit of good insulation is it keeps noise inside your home from leaking out. It also keeps outside noise pollution from spoiling your home too. You might notice your neighbours complaining about noise when you're not making much. Or you'll hear everything happening on the street outside. For both these issues, you'll need to address your poor insulation to help solve them.

 

Don't Let Poor Insulation Get You Down
 

So, there you have it! Now you know these signs of poor insulation you'll know what to look for. Fluctuating temperatures and indoor drafts are big signs of bad insulation. Another sign in colder states is a build-up of ice dams, icicles, and frozen pipes. If you're fed up with your insulation, get your quote with us today. At Soundseals Insulation, we've got the knowledge and skills to suit your insulation needs.

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