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Is My House Well-Insulated? 4 Ways to Tell

Homeowners experience a wide range of home expenses and codes to look out for, one of which is insulation. When your home is not well-insulated, it can result in spikes in energy bills and water leakage, not to mention little protection from these long, Northeastern winters. Not sure if your house is well-insulated? Here are 4 signs that your home may have poor insulation:

  1. High Energy Bills: Take a look through your energy bills for the last few years to determine if there have been any substantial increases in heating cost. This process is easier if you keep careful records of your energy bills, so make sure you hold on to old bills – they may come in handy. Over the years, insulation in your attic and walls may have settled, leaving plenty of room for air to escape. Even if residents have not noticed a drastic change in temperature, it is likely your heating units are working harder, and you’ll observe this change in extreme heating costs. If this is the case, it may be time to replace your insulation.
  2. Colder Walls, Ceilings, and Floors: To check for this sign of poor insulation, homeowners can perform what is called the “touch test”. The interior ceilings and floors of your home should feel warm and dry to the touch. If they, contrastingly, feel damp or cold, there is not enough insulation to hold in the warm, dry air.
  3. Water Leaks: A lack of insulation can allow not only unwanted air into your home, but water as well. If you are experiencing any leaks, particularly in the attic, under-insulation is likely part of the problem. Water leakage can result in horrendous problems and costs for homeowners down the road, and replacing the insulation in your home can be the first step to minimizing that damage.
  4. Frozen Pipes: During our Northeastern winters, frozen pipes are a very common problem for homeowners. Proper insulation is designed to protect pipes from freezing. Frozen pipes not only put a halt on day-to-day activities; they can also burst, resulting in thousands of unnecessary dollars spent for homeowners.

Contact an Insulation Professional: If you are experiencing any of the above signals or other signs that you may feel indicate poor insulation in your home, contact a heating and cooling professional. If you have any questions about the insulation in your home, contact Nebraksy Plumbing, Heating & Cooling at 800.989.0299.