As the temperatures drop here in Indianapolis and snowflakes begin to fall, you’ll quickly find yourself reaching for the thermostat to make your home feel warmer. While some of us refrain from turning up the heat in fear of the large gas or electric bill that may follow, insulation can make a big difference on your utility bills this time of year.
If you’re unaware on how well your insulated your home is (or is not), you’re not alone. However, it pays to be aware so you can keep your energy bills low and your family warm all winter long.
Here are the signs that it’s time to reinsulate your home:
If your home needs new insulation, Santa and his reindeer won’t be the only ones making an appearance on your rooftop this year. Attic insulation works by preventing warm air from making its way outside. When your attic isn’t properly insulated, the heat can escape right out of your roof.
This warm air escaping can melt some of the snow on your roof where it turns to liquid and freezes. This results in ice dams and icicles, which can cause extensive damage to your roof and gutters.
Ventilation is very important for the health of your home and attic. When moisture makes its way into your attic and comes in contact with your insulation, it essentially gets destroyed as it cannot block air transfer when you need it the most.
Not only does this issue lead to an inefficient home, but it can also promote mold growth. The worst mold cases can lead to respiratory infections and other health conditions, so be sure that your insulation is free of moisture.
When you’re handling your insulation (use gloves with insulation that contains fiberglass), it should feel soft to the touch. When the insulation is on its last leg, it can crumble away right under your fingertips.
Attic insulation is one of the components of your home that is necessary to help keep energy bills low. If you’ve replaced your windows and even your HVAC system, you still may experience energy loss if your insulation has run its course.
Your roof is the one of the biggest sources of energy loss in the home. If your home is poorly insulated, your HVAC system will run in overdrive to accommodate for the lost heat during the coldest Indianapolis winters.
If you’re concerned about the insulation of your home, Universal Windows Direct can help discover the source of lost energy and help you save more money on your utility bills. Contact us today for more information.