The Temperatures Are Dipping: 3 Reasons You Need New Insulation
Now that winter is approaching, it's time to get your home ready for the cold weather. Part of that preparation should include an inspection of your home's insulation. Inadequate insulation can leave your home feeling a bit colder than you'd like. If it's been a while since you added fresh insulation to your home, now's the time to take care of that. Here are three additional reasons why you should increase your insulation before winter arrives.
Your Attic Suffered Water Damage
You might not think that water damage would require you to update your insulation. However, if your roof leaked, or a pipe burst in your attic, the water could have damaged your insulation. This is particularly true if a large area of your attic was affected by the water damage. If a small portion of insulation was damaged by water, you can replace that section. If, however, a large area of the attic was damaged, you'll need to replace all your insulation. This will ensure that your home is properly insulated and that your attic is protected against moisture damage and mold growth.
You've Had a Pest Infestation
If you've recently recovered from a pest infestation in your home, you should have your insulation inspected – especially if the pests were nesting in the attic. Pests like mice, rats, and even squirrels, can build their nests in your insulation. Calling in an exterminator will rid your home of the pests, but the feces, urine, and nesting material will remain in your attic. Unfortunately, that will turn your attic into a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Now that the pests are out of your attic, have an insulation contractor come out and inspect your attic insulation. If you have a crawlspace, it's a good idea to have them inspect for pest damage there too.
Your Energy Bills Are Increasing
If you have adequate insulation, your heating and cooling bills should remain consistent throughout the year. That's because the insulation is keeping the air inside your home. If your heating and cooling bills are increasing, even though you're not using any additional appliances, or if your HVAC system seems to run non-stop, you should have your insulation updated.
Now that winter is almost here, make sure your insulation is prepared for the cold weather. If any of the problems listed here pertain to you, talk to your insulation contractor about having new insulation installed in your home. Contact a company like Parsons Construction Group to learn more.