Do you know how well the insulation in your home is performing? Is it keeping out all the cold air in the winter and is it protecting your family from the hot sun of summer? Most Massachusetts homeowners don’t have any idea how old the insulation in their home is, what type of insulation was used and whether or not it is working to effectively manage the air temperature and quality in their home.
Changing Ideas in Insulation
A lot has changed in the world of residential insulation. In addition to new products designed to increase your ability to control heating and air conditioning throughout the year, new technologies have also developed that work to boost thermal management while repairing air leaks and other problem areas. These technologies help professional insulation companies, like Richie’s Insulation in Westport, make a positive impact on your energy consumption and utility bills.
Homes that were built prior to 1980 don’t usually have enough insulation to meet the current recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy. However, depending on when you purchased your home, the former owner may have made improvements and changes to increase your home’s insulation properties. For Massachusetts homeowners that don’t know how old the insulation is, there are a few things that can help you determine whether or not it’s time to find a more updated solution.
Signs That Your Insulation Needs to Be Updated
If you need to update your residential insulation, chances are you have already noticed some of the following signs associated with insulation that is out-dated, damaged, worn-out or just no longer effective. Here are the signs to look for:
- a room that becomes uncomfortable – either too warm in summer or too cold in winter
- uneven temperatures in the house in different rooms
- higher than usual energy bills compared to last year’s consumption and costs
- a heater that runs more during the winter
- an air conditioner that runs more during the summer
- snow melting off the roof too quickly in the winter
- ice dams that form on the roof in the winter
What Does It Mean?
Some of the signs listed above can mean that your home does not have enough insulation in the walls, such as the uneven temperatures in the house or a room that becomes seasonally uncomfortable. Other signs may signal that air leaks have formed or gotten bigger over time, such as the higher energy bills and consumption or an increase in the amount of time that your air conditioner or heater is running each season.
When the snow melts off your roof – but not your neighbors – that may be a sign that you don’t have enough insulation in your attic and that heat is escaping through the top of your home. The same goes for ice dams that can form on the roof – another sign that there are issues with your home insulation.
How Do I Check?
Before you just rip out your old insulation and invest thousands to install something new, it pays to check out the situation before making an unnecessary change. You can check out areas in your home – the attic, behind electrical outlet plates (shut off the power first!), inside the HVAC closet or behind aluminum siding. There are a lot of places to check, but it can be worth it to identify an issue before it gets worse.
Another option for Massachusetts homeowners is to hire a professional to check it out for you. Chances are there have been a lot of new developments in the world of residential insulation that can be used to improve the efficiency and temperature control of your home.
Richie’s Insulation Can Help
Call Richie’s Insulation at 508-678-4474 to find out about energy-saving products and services available for Massachusetts homeowners that can help you reduce your energy consumption and save you lots of money each year on energy costs. Richie’s Insulation in Westport, MA serves residential and commercial customers throughout Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
In addition to providing insulation products and installation, Richie’s also is one of the top providers of seamless aluminum gutters and gutter protection systems in the New England region. Give Richie’s a call and find out how you can protect your home and boost energy savings today!