Insulation is something homeowners know they need, but it is also overlooked. If there are no issues with your roof or attic space, you may forget about the health of your insulation. If it has been several years since you had a residential insulation inspection or upgrade, here are some reasons you should consider it. Remember, insulation can affect more in your home than you may think.
Temperature of the Home
The main reason you should upgrade your residential insulation is due to the temperature in your home. One of the ways you maintain a specific temperature throughout the home is having proper insulation. As the insulation begins to break down, so does the protection from the outdoor temperatures. For example, if you are experiencing intense heat, you may notice it is becoming harder for your HVAC to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Proper HVAC Function
One of the reasons your HVAC runs efficiently is due to proper insulation in the home. This does not only refer to the attic or roofing insulation. The insulation around your windows and doors and in the walls also contributes to how well the HVAC system performs. If the insulation is old and begins to break down, your HVAC will be the first thing in your home to notice. You will start noticing your system beginning to freeze during use. You will also notice the motor in the system working overtime to maintain the temperature. If this is allowed to continue, you may face having your system replaced. However, with the proper insulation in the home, you can avoid this costly repair.
Reduced Chance of Damage
Residential insulation does more than just maintain the temperature in your home. It can also provide a layer of protection for the home. For example, if you were to remove the insulation from the roof area and walls and from around doors or windows, you will notice a dramatic difference. This difference deals with the temperature, of course, but it also deals with mould and wood rot. Without the insulation, or with old insulation, humidity can enter the space. This means you will have water droplets and eventually mould and mildew. Insulation that is installed properly can reduce the chances of this damage significantly.
If it has been an extended period of time since your insulation has been inspected, upgraded or replaced, call your area residential insulation contractor. They will perform an inspection of your current insulation. Following the inspection, they will discuss your upgrade options. Depending on the integrity and age of your insulation, they may suggest having the current insulation removed and replaced with an upgraded option.
Contact a professional to learn more about residential insulation.