Signs You Need to Replace Your Attic Insulation

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Attic insulation is an important part of your home's heating and cooling systems. Because heat rises and because the roof of your home absorbs a large amount of sunlight during the summer months, there is a large degree of temperature transfer between your attic and the exterior of your home. If your attic insulation is not up to par, your energy bills can greatly increase, and your home's comfort levels can fall. Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can look out for to help determine when it's time for you to replace your attic insulation.

Drafts

If you notice a greater number of drafts within your house than you are used to that cannot be explained by opened doors and windows, especially in the upper parts of your house, your attic insulation has probably begun to degrade. As insulation gets older, it begins to crumble and group together, creating gaps in your insulation that leads to air being able to seep in through your roof and into your attic. The difference in the temperature of this air and the air throughout the rest of your house causes things to get a bit drafty.

Pest Infestations

If you have any pests within your attic, you may want to contact a contractor as soon as possible to take a look at your insulation. Any pests that have taken up residence within your attic can make nests within your insulation and tear it up, causing air to enter into your attic. Furthermore, if there is an opening somewhere in your roof that is large enough to let pests into your attic, it is extremely likely that your insulation has become water damaged as well and will need to be replaced.

Increased Energy Bills

If you notice an increase in your energy bills during the winter or summer without a corresponding change in the amount of use that you are giving your air conditioner or central heating unit, your insulation is probably doing a poor job of keeping hot or cool air within your home. This means that the average temperature of your home will fluctuate more often, causing your heating and cooling systems to work harder and more often to maintain the comfort levels within your home. This can greatly increase your long-term costs, so it's a good idea to have your attic insulation looked at as soon as possible so you can save money.

Talk to a company like Alaska Quality Insulators Inc for more information about how poor insulation may be affecting your house. 

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