When it comes to home comfort and energy efficiency, nothing is more important than having adequate insulation. If you live in an older home, the attic, walls and foundation may not have the amount of insulation that today’s codes require.
Does My House Have Enough Insulation?
Here are five signs your home is under-insulated.
High Energy Bills
If your home has never had enough insulation, your energy bills have probably been high since the day you moved in. Then again, you might notice a gradual increase in utility costs if blown-in insulation settles or fiberglass batts become wet and less effective. Adding insulation and replacing damaged sections can bring your energy bills back down.
Several factors affect the temperature from room to room, but poor insulation is one of the biggest. Perhaps the living room always feels comfortable while the kitchen is too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. This indicates that your living room likely has enough insulation but the kitchen may not.
Cold or Hot Walls, Floors & Ceilings
The touch test reveals a lot about what’s going on behind your walls, floors and ceilings. If any areas are under-insulated, they will feel cold to the touch in the winter and hot in the summer. This means heat is passing through the building materials, increasing your utility bills and making your home less comfortable.
Ice Dams on the Roof
When hot air rises from the living space to the under-insulated attic, it heats up the roof from below, melting any snow there. This sends water flowing toward the eaves, where it reaches cold air and refreezes. This forms an ice dam on the roof, which can damage your shingles and cause water leaks in the attic. Large icicles hanging from the roof are signs of an ice dam. Also, ice melting too quickly off your roof is another sign that your attic may be under-insulated.
If plumbing runs through your under-insulated basement or crawlspace, they could freeze on especially cold nights. Frozen pipes can burst, causing water damage and high repair costs. Increasing insulation in these areas can help prevent frozen pipes.
Add Insulation to Your Tulsa, OK Area Home
One of the best ways to lower your bills, improve comfort and protect your home is to add insulation. At IBP Tulsa, we can add insulation to attics, crawlspaces, basements, existing walls and other areas.