Is it Time to Replace Your Insulation?

December 17, 2019

Did you know that having the proper insulation in your home can save you up to 11% on your electricity bill? That shouldn’t come as a surprise as it is estimated that up to 35% of all heat in homes is lost through poorly or uninsulated exterior walls. As the cold months have set in, has it arisen that the insulation in your home needs to be replaced? If you’re unsure, here a few of the most clear signs that it’s time to replace your insulation.

Colder Rooms: This is a sign that you can notice without having to investigate. If you’re noticing that one room has a different temperature than the other, this is a sign that you’re insulation might need to be replaced. Insulation is intended to keep the home feeling comfortable. This level of comfort needs to be felt throughout the entire house at all time. Rooms with varying temperatures are telling you that the exterior insulation isn’t working properly. Additionally, if you’ve noticed that the floors are cold this is a sign of problems below. Check the crawl space for signs of sagging.

Higher Electric Bills: This sign will be felt through your wallet. Rising costs in heating are the biggest sign of poor insulation. When the insulation isn’t working it will cost more to heat your home and to keep it heated. If you can identify where the inefficiency is coming from, you can replace the insulation for that one specific area. But we’d recommend ensuring that you have proper insulation throughout the entire home.

Mould and Mildew: When moisture is unable to leave your home, the effects are mould and mildew. Signs of this can be seen throughout a home but the first places to check our attic and crawl spaces.

Light in the Attic: Seeing light in the attic is a bad sign. As heat rises, the roof is the most important area for checking to see if the insulation is working. Check the floor for any signs of light or to see if you can notice the floor joints. Both are signs that the insulation isn’t working properly.  Attics are a prime space for storage but the goal should be to prioritise adding any additional insulation that may be necessary.

Bad Inspection: Some signs of poor insulation can be noticed just by living in the home. Others require a bit of an inspection. If that inspection turns out to be bad, then it may be time to replace your insulation. Check the attic and crawl space in your home, if you notice any of the below then make a plan to get your insulation replaced or consult further with an expert:

  • Sagging insulation
  • Wet insulation
  • Pet Infestation
  • Ice or water spots

How Often To Replace Insulation? The main answer is 15-20 years but that isn’t always the case. If you notice any of these signs or if you’re insulation falls into that timeframe then call the experts at (01) 288 6993