Your home is probably the single-most important investment you will make in your lifetime. As such, your home should be as comfortable as possible. Home insulation is one way to get the most out of your dwelling by lowering your energy costs and making the temperature cozy at any time of year. In today’s blog, Valley Insulation reveals five signs your home has too little insulation.
1. Fluctuating Temperatures
Your kitchen feels too cold while your living room is too warm. It’s not the ceiling fan, oven running warm, or the sunlight, because your ceiling fan is off, you’re not cooking, and it’s night time. Widely varying temperatures from one room to the next might be a sign your home is under-insulated.
2. Cold Surfaces
Walk through each room of your house. Place your hand on the walls, floor, and ceiling. Each surface should feel warm and dry in the winter and cool in the summer. If you feel cold in the winter or hot in the summer, along with dampness, the chances are good that your home has too little insulation.
3. Hot or Cold Drafts
You are sitting at home watching your favorite TV show. Suddenly, you feel a draft of cold or hot air around you. Drafts can cause air to leak in and out of your home, so you have to get up and adjust the thermostat. These drafts aren’t just uncomfortable; they can cause your home’s air conditioning or heating system to work too hard. Your HVAC system will work harder and your energy bills will increase because there is too little insulation in your home.
4. Ice Dams and Frozen Pipes
Winter time might bring some frigid temperatures to your home. Ice dams on your roof may indicate a lack of insulation in your attic because heat from your home rises and causes snow to melt. The water refreezes once it reaches the gutters. This causes a massive build-up of ice on the gutters, which could create large icicles, falling ice, and damage to your water drainage system. Temperatures may get so cold outside that they could freeze water pipes. Frozen pipes in your walls also mean a lack of insulation, because winter temperatures penetrate from outside into your home’s interior.
5. High Energy Bills
High energy bills in summer or winter indicate an air conditioner or heater that works overly hard. This issue could arise from a lack of insulation that causes temperatures to dip too low or high in your house.
Call Valley Insulation Today
Talk to the team at Valley Insulation, particularly if you believe your home is having difficulties maintaining a steady temperature. We can help you determine if you have too little insulation, and we can offer solutions for a home that’s too hot or too cold. Contact us online or give us a call at (513) 353-4100 to see what we can do for you.