You likely do not think much about your home's insulation because it is hidden from your view. If you have been in your home for some time, however, it may be time for new insulation. This will ensure your home stays warm or cool to keep you comfortable. Below are four signs that it needs to be replaced.
Problems with HVAC System
If you notice your HVAC system is running much more than it normally does to keep your home at the right temperature, it cannot do this for long. One main cause of this issue is inadequate insulation. The current insulation you have may be old enough that it is worn down or worn away completely. You may also notice your home does not stay warm or cool enough.
Higher Energy Bills
If you get your energy bill in the mail and are shocked at how high it is, inadequate insulation may be the reason. This is because not enough insulation causes air leaks throughout your home, especially in your attic. Having a lot of leaks is much like keeping a window wide open all year long for air to get in out, making your unit running constantly. If you keep your bills, get out last year's energy bills and compare them with this years to see if there is a big difference in the amount of energy used.
Go up into your attic and see if there is any moisture there. If so, there is not enough insulation. This is because water can find its way into the attic if there is no insulation to stop it. Your attic will also become very hot, which can cause condensation. Once this happens, mold can start forming if the problem is not fixed soon.
Ice Dams on Roof
Poor attic insulation can cause ice dams to form on your roof during the cold, winter months. This is because, when the attic is hot, the roof stays warm, causing ice to melt. This may not seem like a problem, but the edges of your roof are still cold and when water runs down onto the edges, the water will freeze, causing an ice dam.
This ice dam can cause damage to your roofing system, which results in water leaks, as well as water damage inside your attic. It can also damage your gutters, causing them to fall or loosen. If you see a lot of icicles hanging off the side of your roof, this is a big sign you have an ice dam. The best thing to do is to contact a roofing contractor to inspect the roof for you.
Contact an insulation contractor to replace all the insulation in your home if you notice these things.