When Should I Replace My Attic Insulation?

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • August 03, 2017

How Is Your Insulation Performing?

In order to keep your home warm or cold, you need proper insulation. Insulation is what prevents the air from escaping your home, causing your energy bills to skyrocket! In fact, you can save as much as 10 to 20 percent when your home is properly insulated.

The attic is a top priority to insulate since heat likes to rise and escape through your roof. But your insulation won’t be too helpful if it’s not replaced on a timely basis. Take a look at the list below of indicators that it may be time for someone to install fresh attic insulation.

Heating and Cooling Issues

The most commonly reported and slightly obvious sign of inadequate insulation in your attic is heating and cooling issues.

If you notice a cool draft in the house when the heater is running constantly, this may mean that the warm air is escaping through the attic. Careful, this will also cause your energy bill to increase significantly as your HVAC system will be working around the clock to keep the house at a comfortable temperature.

Moisture in the Air

Attics don’t typically have moisture, so it’s definitely a problem if you start noticing moisture in the air. Moisture can cause mold and mildew to grow in your home and can taint the air quality.

This can be extremely harmful for one’s health to breathe in these toxic substances. So, if you notice enhanced allergies, a moldy scent, or water leaks in your ceiling, then there’s a good chance your attic insulation is exposed, and you will need to replace right away!

Rodents and Insects

Old attic insulation makes for an ideal home for rats, rodents, and insects.

Since the material hasn’t been touched in awhile, it’s easy to create a nest or suitable living environment for these unwanted pests.

If you suspect that there are critters running around your attic, then give our pest team a call. They will take care of the situation right away!

And, if you notice any of these issues in your home or your energy bills are increasing, then reach out to our attic insulation team and one of our professionals will be happy to swing by and conduct an energy audit to inspect your insulation!

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