Any homeowner knows his house the best. That is the reason why you need to evaluate your insulation levels based on the experiences that you have had over the previous few seasons.
Some of these symptoms can be the last sign of a predicament, but before you remove any drywall carrying out a comfort test is much easier.
Homeowners or even these who have leased the premises can derive valuable information about the insulation by going round the home quickly. This is what they need to look for:
Variations in temperatures
You should never feel that you have gone to a different hemisphere as you walk from room to room. A well-insulated home will have consistent temperatures in all rooms. A slight variation is acceptable, but any increases in comfort or drastic dips must be watched out for.
High Energy Bills
Are you spending too much on air-conditioning? Is your gas furnace costing you a fortune? This can mean that your appliances are inefficient, but utility costs that distress your wallet, are often definite signs that heat is either escaping your house or entering into it.
Drafts and Leaks
Do you feel air creeping on your neck? Or a slight breeze when you are near doors and windows. Keeping a house well insulated, unfortunately, is more than just providing fiberglass or cellulose in your ceilings and walls. The use is made of inert gas that is trapped between glass panes to create a barrier so that outdoor temperatures are kept out. You will also find that you need to inspect your doors seasonally to determine the soundness of the caulking, weather strips, and sweeps.
Water Leaks in the Attic
Ice dam formation on the roof is a possibility if your attic is poorly insulated, and also likely to allow water to travel easily through the ceilings that are not adequately insulated. When you spot leaks or water stains, it is a definite sign that your insulation needs to be replaced. When the insulation is damp or wet it not only is it unable to protect you from heat and cold but it can also cause mold damage that can then lead to costly repairs.
Cold Walls and Floors
Temperatures outside will constantly fluctuate and it is the function of the insulation to protect your home and you from this. If you find that the drywall on the outer periphery of your house is cold to the touch, or feels wet and damp, you need to get in a professional to inspect your insulation. If, instead, you find that the outside walls of your home show some warmth, then it is due to heat escaping from the house. When the walls and floors of your home are cold, it means that there gaps in the insulation, or that there is water leaking somewhere, or worse.
Ensure Your Comfort
Do not wait for another harsh winter before you raise utility costs and your level of comfort. The best insurance against wet ceilings, cold floors, and high costs of energy in this coming winter are to arrange home consultations with professionals.
If you have been made aware of any of these symptoms inside your home then it is more than likely that your insulation is not doing what it should. MGT INSULATION experts can be contacted for a discussion on the needed insulated inspection by professionals so that you can go back to living comfortably.