Poor insulation is a huge problem for millions of Americans, but is especially difficult for homeowners in the Midwest. It’s easier to get away with inadequate insulation in milder climates, but in the Kansas City area, we experience extreme dips and spikes in temperature throughout the year. Are you one of the many local homeowners who has a poorly insulated home? Here are four of the biggest problems associated with poor insulation that signal you have a problem, and need to install more energy efficient insulation.
Does your home feel like it’s made of straw? Under insulated homes are more susceptible to draftiness. If you put your hand on your wall in the winter is it cold? When your walls are cold, the air next to your walls is cold and your home feels drafty. Properly insulated walls are supposed to keep heat inside your home, meaning your walls should be closer to room temperature.
High Energy Bills
High heating and cooling bills are a telltale sign that your home is inadequately insulated. Insulation is designed to act as a blanket around your home, keeping the warm air in the winter and the cold air in the summer inside your home. Without proper insulation, the heated or cooled air your heating and cooling system is working so hard to produce escapes through the walls and attic. 42% of the average utility bill is made up of solely heating and cooling costs according to the North American Insulation Manufacturing Association. That number goes up drastically when a home is poorly insulated. But proper insulation can cut those costs by an average of 20%.
Do you find that some rooms in your home are inexplicably colder or hotter than others no matter what you do? If those rooms are well ventilated, then the problem is probably poor insulation. These rooms are often above the garage or below the attic. That’s why it’s important to make sure all areas of your home are properly insulated. Heat and cool air can escape almost anywhere that doesn’t have insulation to stop its path.
Ice Damming & Frozen Pipes
Ice damming on your roof and frozen pipes in your walls are also huge indicators that you have an insulation problem. Proper insulation protects your home from damage caused by Kansas City’s melting and freezing snow and ice. Poor insulation in your roof or attic can cause heat to escape through your roof, which can then melt snow and ice. But that thawed material will then freeze again as it flows to the lower (and cooler) parts of your roof and gutters. The result is large chunks of ice and oversized icicles, called ice damming. It can wreak havoc on your roof and your gutter, not to mention it can turn into a safety hazard for those below. Poorly insulated exterior walls can also cause frozen pipes, which can burst. This can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage in just a moment.
If you experience any of these insulation indicators call the insulation experts at a+ Insulation at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511. A thorough home insulation inspection with A+ Insulation can address the areas of concern in your home, and one of our technicians can give you a suggested action plan.