Insulation is installed into all buildings because it is the most cost-effective, practical way in which to make that structure energy-efficient. It can keep the cool air in during the summer and keep the heat in during the winter. With insulation in the attic or crawlspace, the home won’t suffer from condensation. However, insulation can wear out over time and need replacing.
How can you know if your crawl space or attic insulation needs to be replaced?
You’re Experiencing Drafts
If the outdoor temperatures are making their way inside the home, you may not have enough insulation in the attic. If you’ve closed all the doors and windows and it’s still good in the home, you need to look at the attic to determine if the insulation has suffered any damage or is just experiencing wear and tear.
Interior Temperature Changes
It’s not uncommon for attic or crawlspace insulation o shift, which can allow the cold air to seep in the home. If you notice temperatures changing in your home, you could be having an issue with the insulation. Again, you need to check out the insulation to determine if replacement is necessary.
Energy Bills Are Higher
A tell-tale sign that your insulation is not up to par is the high energy bill. Has your electric or gas bill increased significantly? If you’re constantly running your air conditioner or heater, you’re not only paying more for electricity and/or gas, but you’re also wearing these appliances out quicker. If you need to replace those, you’ll pay more in the long run.
Check out the insulation in the attic and crawlspace first to determine if it’s the culprit of your higher bills.
Each Room Varies In Comfort
Do you notice one room is much more comfortable to be in than another? There’s a reason for that. The insulation of a home doesn’t wear out at the same time. Therefore, if you notice a draft in the bathroom more than you do in your dining room, it could be the insulation over the bathroom has worn out.
If insects, mice, bats and other critters are getting into the home, they’re causing damage to your insulation. Mice and other rodents often cause damage to drywall and electrical wiring, which means you spending thousands of dollars to fix the damage. Make sure to replace the insulation in the home after a critter infestation and find ways to keep them out.
How To Properly Deal With Wet Insulation
If your home has leaked – be it the roof or basement – or you didn’t have vapor barriers installed, the insulation can get wet. Wet insulation is useless in protecting your home from drafts and extreme temperatures changes. It can also lead to a proliferation of mold. Therefore, you need to immediately remove the wet insulation and install new insulation in its place.
A poorly insulated home can cost you more than you think, and insulation can be an excellent investment to reduce the cost of heating and cooling your home. Swift Supply offers many products to insulate every area. Whether you are constructing a new home or want to improve the energy efficiency of your existing home, our quality products will make a difference.
Moisture can be one of the greatest enemies of a home, and the source of moisture can come from inside or outside. Excessive moisture can cause mold, rot and a host of other problems. Housewrap is an important component of a new home in that it can prevent moisture from entering from the outside, but can also pass moisture from the inside to the outside.
Some of our insulation products include:
Schedule a visit with our knowledgeable staff today to help you decide on the best insulation and wraps for your home.