How Do You Know When It’s Time to Replace Insulation?

Insulation plays as much of a role in keeping your home cool during the summer as it does in the winter. However, it can often be easier to see the signs that it’s time to replace your insulation during the winter months.

If you don’t know what to look for to determine whether your insulation is in need of replacement, you may be throwing your hard earned money out the window as the costs to heat your home increase.

Here are some of the key ways to help you figure out if it’s time to replace your insulation:

Hot Air Rises, Check Your Attic

An attic with insulation and trusses showing

It should not come as a shock that you lose a lot of heat out of the top of your home. After all, hot air rises. If you’re noticing melted snow on areas of your roof, that can be a telltale sign that heat is leaking through your home.

A good way to check if your insulation is in need of replacement is to examine the attic floor. If you are able to see any floor joints, cracks, or gaps in any part of the floor, then you need to put down new insulation. If you don’t install new insulation, the heat will leak through those areas and dissipate out of your house much faster than it should.

Look for Ice

Home with large icicles hanging off of the roof and gutters

Oddly enough, you may be able to find signs that your insulation is in need of replacement by checking the outside of the home. If your insulation is doing its job properly, then it should be repelling the cold away from your house by keeping both the inside and outside warm.

If you see signs of ice forming on your house more than it normally does, or far more than any of your neighbour’s houses, then it is likely a sign that your insulation is in need of replacement.

Rising Heat Costs

Electric bill on a table with a calculator and lightbulb beside it

This is probably the most obvious indicator that something is wrong with your insulation. If you keep your house at a steady temperature throughout the winter season, but your heating bill has been climbing higher, then it is a sign that your insulation is failing and should be replaced.

In addition to insulation, ensuring that your windows and doors are properly sealed can help you to save on heating and cooling costs year-round.

If you think it’s time to replace your insulation, contact us for a free quote! Our team is happy to discuss your insulation concerns and help you to decide which type is best for your home.

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