Now that the chill of fall is creeping into the air and you contemplate turning the heat on at night, it’s time to thoroughly check over your home to make sure it is ready for winter. While many people pay attention to obvious exterior issues, it can be easy to forget about the things that, quite literally, are over your head! Attic insulation is one of the most important things when it comes to keeping your home warm during cold fall and winter nights. How do you know when it’s time to replace your attic insulation?
Unusually High Energy Bills
If you notice an unusual spike in your energy bills after the first few chilly fall nights, it might be a sign that your attic insulation isn’t doing its job. If you don’t have attic insulation currently (or if the stuff you have isn’t enough), the cold temperatures and wind outside will make their way into your home. Your heating system will be working overtime to make your home the temperature that you would like it to be, which makes your electricity or heating bills sky high.
Uninvited Guests (in Your Attic)
Have you had any invited guests or pests in your attic? Squirrels, rats, opossums, raccoons, or bats can all live inside of your home’s attic. If you have had any issues with animals or pests living in your attic, you should immediately install new attic insulation. All of these animals bring germs, feces, and dirt from the outside and put it all over your insulation as they live in your attic. Even if you haven’t seen any grime yourself, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Insulation That Isn’t Dry
If your attic insulation shows any sign of moisture—whether it is sopping wet, lightly damp, or only a little moist—it needs to be replaced right away. Attic insulation that has been damaged by water is not repairable. A leak in your roof or blocked vents could cause your attic insulation to get wet and lead to tons of problems. Beyond being ruined, wet attic insulation can harm your family through mold growth.
Stay Warm with New Attic Insulation
Whether you want your attic insulation inspected or would like to replace all of your home’s insulation, Chandler Remodeling can help. With our excellent installation, it’ll be the best investment you’ve made in your home. Contact us online, by calling 410-628-2214, or email us for a free estimate and assessment of your needs. All of our work is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We look forward to meeting your remodeling needs for years to come! To see examples of our work and get information on specials, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Houzz.