When your attic insulation isn’t up to par, the problem can affect your entire home.
An under-insulated attic makes your home less energy efficient and less comfortable. Plus, if your insulation has seen better days or you don’t have a sufficient amount in place, your family could suffer serious health issues.
But how do you know if you need new attic insulation? Below, the professional team at GreenHome Specialties shares several telltale signs.
No. 1: Water Damage
Damp, moist or wet insulation isn’t effective. It can also attract pests and may lead to issues with mold and mildew. If you have leaks or frozen pipes in the attic or you spot any water damage, you need to replace your attic insulation sooner rather than later.
No. 2: Animal Damage
Mice, squirrels, bats and other pesky critters use attics as nesting spaces – and they tear apart the insulating materials to form their nests. If you’ve heard scurrying or you see evidence of animals in your attic, you may need new insulation.
No. 3: Evidence of Aging
Do you have gaps or holes in your attic insulation? Is it falling away from the walls? Are the insulating materials dirty or discolored? Signs of old age like these mean it may be time to remove and replace the insulation.
No. 4: High Energy Bills
Without sufficient insulation, your HVAC system needs to work harder. So if your household energy bills seem to be on the high side, it could be a sign that you have an under-insulated attic.
No. 5: Changing Temperatures
If your house has drafty rooms or keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is a challenge, cold air or heat may be escaping or entering through the attic. Replacing the insulating materials may be the right way to rectify the problem.
No. 6: Poor Air Quality
Do members of your household suffer more allergy symptoms or respiratory issues at home than they do elsewhere? Mold or mildew in the attic could be to blame. Installing new insulation could improve your indoor air quality and help prevent health problems.
If you’d like an expert assessment of your attic insulation and you live in northern Utah, southern Idaho or Wyoming, schedule a free home energy audit with the professional team at GreenHome Specialties.
Our certified analysists can perform an in-depth evaluation to determine if your attic has sufficient insulation. In addition, we’ll consider how other energy-efficient home upgrades can benefit your household. For more information, or to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to discuss attic insulation with the GreenHome Specialties team, contact our Provo or Layton, Utah, office today.