All the heat you pay for during the fall and winter months with cold air spilling in through windows, doors, floors, and even electrical sockets. Most new and old buildings are much draftier than you would expect, even if you don’t feel air seeping through the window cracks. At Anderson Insulation, we understand the importance of having a comfortable home throughout all season changes.
Whether it’s your first winter in a new home, or you are deciding it may be time to throw out heated blankets and space heaters, here are a few ways to tell if your home will be comfortable this winter. Pay attention to these signs that your home is poorly insulated and find out what to do about it as the temperature outside begins to plunge.
Checking your home’s energy bill history is a good way to tell if you have absurdly high heating costs. Most energy providers have dashboards that allow you to track your energy consumption over time in addition to comparing other seasons and homeowners in your area. Noticing higher costs compared to neighboring homes, or fluctuations that are different from previous seasons can be an indication of poor insulation.
Do you have certain rooms in your home that you avoid during cold months? Surprisingly enough, this can be a sign of poor insulation. Your home should have even temperatures as you move from room to room. If different rooms have starkly different temperatures, that’s a sign that your home may be poorly insulated. Insulation is important to keep both heat and air conditioning contained, or else it will leak out of your home and result in fluctuating temperatures. These different temperatures are a major sign of poor interior insulation.
Water has an easier way into a poorly-insulated home than a well-insulated one. If you’re experiencing leaks throughout your home, your insulation may be part of the problem. Damage caused by water leaks can result in costly problems in the long run, including mold issues. On top of this, water leaks can also create ice dams. Ice dams are a direct result of heat rising from your poorly-insulated, leaking through the roof. This then melts the bottom layer of snow on your roof which trickles down towards your gutters. This can cause large chunks of ice and icicles to form on your roof. If this happens to you during the winter, it could be a sign that your home is poorly insulated. Contact Anderson Insulation today for a free estimate.
When all else fails, a simple touch test can be a simple way to test your insulation. The interior walls of your home should feel warm and dry to the touch. When the walls inside your home feel damp or cold, that may be a sign of a lack of insulation. On the other hand, when touching an exterior wall, you shouldn’t be able to feel the warmth from inside. A home can lose up to 40% of its heat through the walls.
Anderson Insulation’s spray foam insulation can seamlessly seal walls right into the corners, so contact us today! We also provide cellulose and fiberglass insulation, so if you are looking for an easy fix without extensive renovations, we can help you. Request a free estimate today.