When Should I Replace My Home’s Insulation?

Insulation is vital for controlling your home energy costs. It keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Old fiberglass insulation eventually breaks down and can seriously affect your home’s energy efficiency. If your home was built more than 10 years ago, you might be losing money on your energy bills. Replacing your home’s attic insulation can help get your energy bills under control and keep more money in your wallet each month. Here are three signs that indicate it’s time to replace your attic insulation:

1. Ice Dams

In the wintertime, check the exterior of your home for large icicles that hang off your roof. These are called ice dams, and, oftentimes, they are a sign your home’s insulation isn’t up to snuff.  Moreover, if you home heats up quickly in the summertime and your HVAC system struggles to keep up or runs non-stop, you might need to replace or add insulation. These are signs your home’s insulation isn’t doing its job and may be compromised due to age, quality, or poor installation.

2. Higher Utility Bills

One of the most obvious signs of aging or failing insulation are energy bills that mount over time, even though there have been no changes in your consumption habits. Since heating and cooling account for a large portion of your energy bill, any large spikes could mean your system is flipping on frequently to accommodate for insufficient insulation.

3. Inconsistent Temperatures

Temperatures should be consistent throughout a home, no matter the temperature outside. If your home or certain rooms are freezing in the winter and sweltering in the summer, this could be a sign of worn insulation. Or, if you notice a difference in temperature when traveling to different rooms in your home, contact an insulation contractor for an estimate.

If you notice any of these telltale signs of aging, it may be time to consider a better, more cost-effective and energy-efficient insulation. Instead of replacing with more fiberglass insulation, which decays over time, consider spray foam. It provides a seamless, water-resistant barrier. Talk to Seamless Roofing Solutions, LLC today about how new insulation can lower your energy bills, help the environment, and put more money in your pocket each month.