Without proper insulation, hot and cold air will seep through the walls and make your heating and cooling system work twice as hard. It can also make it frustrating and uncomfortable for the people living in it. Proper insulation is crucial to keeping your home in good shape—and your bills low. Not sure if your home is well insulated? Here are five ways you can tell.
YOU AVOID SITTING NEAR YOUR WINDOWS
When the weather starts to get cold, stand by your windows and doorways and see if you can feel a cold draft. If you can, then your home is definitely in need of better insulation. Adding insulation will ensure your home stays warm throughout the winter and you’ll save money on the next energy bill.
YOU ARE WEARING SOCKS ALL THE TIME
Do the floors feel cold on your feet even though you’ve raised the temperature? It could be a sign that there is not enough insulation in your home. You can also test this by touching the walls and ceilings to see if they’re warm and dry. If they’re cool and slightly damp, it’s time to install more insulation.
YOU AVOID CERTAIN ROOMS
If it’s warm and cozy in the living room but freezing in the bathroom, then the temperatures throughout your home are not distributed evenly and could mean your home has not been properly insulated.
BUGS HAVE INVADED YOUR HOME
When it’s cold outside, insects and mice will do anything they can to seek shelter inside a warm space. If there are tiny holes and crevices around your doorways and windows, you bet they’ll invite themselves in! If there are more critters in your home than usual, it could mean there are openings in your home’s structure that are also allowing cold air in and warm air out.
YOUR HOME HAS GIANT ICICLES
Those large chunks of ice that have formed at the edge of your roof may look pretty, but they’re one of the telltale signs of poor insulation. These are known as ice dams and they occur when the heat from your home melts the bottom layer of snow on the roof, causing it to trickle down and freeze.