When you consider moving into a new home, having adequate insulation is one of the factors that you should be concerned with. Some newer homes are built with cost-efficiency in mind and don’t take into account extreme summer or winter temperatures. In older homes, insulation can deteriorate through age, dampness, or infestation with pests. Here are some signs that a home could use more insulation.
If the HVAC system is in good order but the home still can’t maintain indoor temperatures, check the insulation. The problem is likely that the crawl space or attic aren’t properly insulated. When outdoor temperatures change quickly or dramatically, it also has direct impact on indoor temps. Gaps from inadequate or shifting insulation will allow colder air in beneath the floorboards and heat to escape through the attic.
Rates, mice, and local wildlife such as squirrels or opossums can wreak havoc with insulation if they manage to get inside your walls, ceilings, or floors. They are likely to loosen insulation, carve out nests, and contaminate it with their urine or droppings. Over time, this leaves insulation in pretty bad shape. Look for signs of animal activity, such as droppings, smells, or shreds of loose insulation. It may be necessary to call an exterminator and replace the affected insulation.
Leaks can also ruin the insulative properties of most materials. Water may seep into the home almost anywhere due to leaky roofing and foundations, or bad plumbing. When it does, it can often be in a spot that doesn’t get adequate ventilation and drying. Accumulated moisture can cause structural damage, mold and mildew, and ruined insulation. Check for signs of water damage, and consider replacing insulation at those points.
Poor insulation around door and window frames, as well as structural joins, could allow outside air into the home. In a strong breeze, the tiniest cracks could be the source of a draft that’s introducing a lot of hot or cold air into the home. If you encounter a spot in the home where there’s consistently a hot or cold draft of air, you might want to check the source and add insulation.
Ask about what kind of energy bills the occupants pay each month. If the home is poorly insulated, energy costs will be higher. The AC unit or furnace will have to work harder to maintain selected temperatures. This could not only cause higher power bills, but also lead to more maintenance and repair costs. If power bills seem excessive, more insulation may bring them down. Contact a company like Custom Comfort for more information about your options.
Ensuring that a home has adequate ventilation will both reduce your utility bills and increase the comfort and happiness of your family. If you see these indications that more insulation is needed, it’s something you should take into consideration when making an offer.