As spring arrives, you look over your home and begin to prepare a physical and mental checklist. Things like trimming trees, removing leaves and debris from corners, power washing siding, and checking air conditioning units are probably topping the list. But when was the last time you checked your home insulation?
Proper maintenance of your home insulation will prevent several issues including loss of heat or cool air, mold and mildew, and wood rot. It is less expensive to replace a few rolls of insulation than to tear out and rebuild floors, ceilings and walls.
Spring is known for increased rainfall. This is great for plants and grass, but not so for your insulation. There may be parts of your home that have been compromised over the years, allowing moisture in and onto your insulation. When this happens, the water has nowhere to go, so it stays in the insulation and becomes the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth.
Mold spores release into the air, causing respiratory issues and triggering allergies. This can also add to damp and musty odors in the home. Wet insulation on or next to wood like floor joists and wall beams can absorb moisture as well, causing more mold and even rot.
By checking your home insulation after every wet season, you will be able to identify these issues and have the insulation removed and new installed.
When colder temperatures arrive, smaller animals will seek shelter. This includes the less-inhabited parts of your home like the basement, attic and garage. Just because spring arrives doesn’t mean they will want to leave. Think of your home insulation as a large, warm blanket for small animals and rodents.
They will also use your home insulation as a mating area, nest for offspring and a bathroom. Particles from these animals can become part of the air that you and your family breathe, potentially causing illness.
One way to remedy this situation is by checking your insulation a few times a year. Look for droppings, nests, and the smell of urine or feces. This home insulation will have to be removed and destroyed. Look for any entry points that the animals used to find their way in and have them covered.
Home Energy Audit
Is there a part of your home that always feels hotter or colder, despite what the thermostat reads? When you put your hand on a wall, is it especially warm or cold? This could mean you need insulation inside the wall. Not having proper home insulation for your outside walls and in ceilings could be costing you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars every year.
Consider having a home energy audit done on your home. An auditor will examine several things, including windows, walls and eaves to see if they can identify any issues that would cause leaks into and out of your home. An audit will also check your attic insulation to make sure it has been properly installed and applied evenly between walls. Even distribution is key to maintaining ambient temperatures, reducing cold spots in the home.
Following these simple steps to ensure your insulation is working as efficiently as possible for your home will save you from unneeded repairs, reduce energy bills and increase the quality of the air you’re breathing.