Now that the weather’s getting chillier, it’s a good idea to see if your home has enough insulation. One way of doing that is to look for the warning signs, which the door installation contractors from Abby Windows have listed below.
High Energy Bills
The most obvious sign would be a higher monthly energy bill. If heat has been leaking out of your home because it’s under-insulated, you should notice a spike in power consumption as your heating system works double time to keep your home comfortable.
Inconsistent Indoor Temperatures
Another warning sign is fluctuating temperatures. Are certain rooms in your house colder than others? Inspect your HVAC unit and air ducts to see if they’re clean and working properly. Even a well-maintained furnace won’t be able to distribute warm air evenly throughout your home if heat keeps leaking out of gaps in your home’s insulation.
Damp and Cold Walls, Floors and Ceilings
You should also keep an eye out for moisture building up on the surface of your walls. Drywall and paneling could feel cold—and damp—to the touch if there isn’t enough insulation. Insufficient wall insulation is also the most likely culprit behind a spike in your home’s power consumption, given that up to 35% of regulated air inside can be lost. That’s why if you see damp drywall, you should have siding contractors add insulation as soon as possible.
Don’t forget about your roof. Warm can reach your roof if your attic isn’t well-insulated, melting the snow on top of the roof. As the melted snow slides down, it freezes, resulting in ice buildup at the edges of your roof.
Schedule a Comprehensive Home Inspection
Of course, the only way to tell if your home has enough insulation is to have it inspected. Just make sure to hire qualified roofing contractors—you wouldn’t want them missing anything, after all.
Abby Windows, a multi-award-winning, woman-owned company that was included in Remodeling Magazine’s Top 550 Companies, offers a wide range of exterior services. To schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained inspectors, call us at (414) 209-0404. Or you can leave us a message here.