Sometimes, there are everyday symptoms of an under-insulated home that you may not realize are related. As we experience colder temperatures, it’s even easier to notice some of these tell-tale signs. Learn about some of the main things to look for here.
1. Temperature Inconsistencies
One of the first signs that your home is under-insulated is fluctuating temperatures throughout your house. If certain rooms are significantly colder or warmer than others, your home may be in need of an insulation inspection. During the fall and winter months especially, keep an eye out for chilly rooms and cold drafts coming through in certain parts of the house.
Pro tip: Take a look at your energy bills since you moved in. Have they increased over the years? Sometimes, a gradual change in temperature in your home is unnoticeable. Taking a step back and looking at the numbers may help you spot an insulation issue.
2. Water Leaks
Spray foam insulation helps prevent water leaks. If your attic or basement has a leak, a lack of insulation may be part of the issue. Closed-cell spray foam insulation is a vapor barrier and does not allow moisture to pass through it. It is commonly used for foundation exterior walls in both basement and crawl spaces. Moisture and water passing through into your basement may mean it’s time to bring in a professional.
Pro tip: Feel the interior walls, ceilings, and floors in your home. If they feel damp or cold, there may be an issue with your insulation. They should feel warm and dry.
The same way cold air can get in and warm air can get out, mice and bugs can enter your home via cracks and crevices around an under-insulated home. If you’re noticing some more uninvited guests than usual, there may be a lack of insulation.
Pro tip: Remember that there may be holes, cracks, and crevices in your home that you never knew existed. Bring in a professional who can take a look at the status of your home insulation and recommend the best solution for you.
Contact MPI Foam today for a free estimate.