3 obvious way to tell if your home insulation needs to be upgraded

As a homeowner in very seasonal Massachusetts, having high-grade insulation in your home plays a huge part in the overall comfort, climate, and energy efficiency of the property. Helping maintain a home with a healthy environment, and a reduction in those utility bills. Which is the reason you had the insulation installed in the first place, isn’t it?

However, to get the maximum benefit from your insulation, it needs to be in a good state of repair. Insulation that has become worn, thread-bare, or is in poor condition will simply not function as you’d wish it to, creating a negative impact on the comfort. And the finances.

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the tell-tale signs that your home insulation might be in need of an upgrade.

How old is the house? How old is the insulation?

If you live in an older home, generally 20 years or older, then it’s quite possible that the existing insulation is not up to the standards we’d expect from a more modern environment. As a rule, older homes tended not to be as well insulated as newer buildings, meaning modernization and upgrading is likely, to deliver greater performance.

Of course, it might be that insulation has been retro-fitted over the years, by you or previous owners. However, older insulation will have a ‘shelf-life’ and is going to deteriorate over time. Try to find out when the insulation was installed, as this will give you a good indication about whether an upgrade might be required.

3 obvious way to tell if your home insulation needs to be upgraded

As a homeowner in very seasonal Massachusetts, having high-grade insulation in your home plays a huge part in the overall comfort, climate, and energy efficiency of the property. Helping maintain a home with a healthy environment, and a reduction in those utility bills. Which is the reason you had the insulation installed in the first place, isn’t it?

However, to get the maximum benefit from your insulation, it needs to be in a good state of repair. Insulation that has become worn, thread-bare, or is in poor condition will simply not function as you’d wish it to, creating a negative impact on the comfort. And the finances.

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the tell-tale signs that your home insulation might be in need of an upgrade.

How old is the house? How old is the insulation?

If you live in an older home, generally 20 years or older, then it’s quite possible that the existing insulation is not up to the standards we’d expect from a more modern environment. As a rule, older homes tended not to be as well insulated as newer buildings, meaning modernization and upgrading is likely, to deliver greater performance.

Of course, it might be that insulation has been retro-fitted over the years, by you or previous owners. However, older insulation will have a ‘shelf-life’ and is going to deteriorate over time. Try to find out when the insulation was installed, as this will give you a good indication about whether an upgrade might be required.

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Are your home energy bills on the increase?

A clear sign that your insulation may be failing, and in need of an overhaul, is if you start to notice rises in your energy costs.

A deterioration, for example, of the insulation within your attic or crawl space can lead to external (outside) temperatures coming into the property. Which will have an impact on your energy expenditure throughout the year.

For instance, in those cold winter months, when temperatures routinely drop below freezing, inadequate insulation will result in your central heating system having to work that much harder to maintain a comfortably warm home.

However, it’s not just a winter problem.

If extreme hot temperatures during the summer are allowed to permeate the home via attic or crawl space, then the interior is going to get hot; putting added pressure on any air conditioning units you may have in the house.

If you’re finding energy bills rising over the year, then it’s a fair bet that your insulation is in need of review, repair, or upgrade.

Fluctuating Temperatures

Do you find that the interior temperature in your home fluctuates on a regular basis? Spells where the home grows uncomfortably warm, or conversely, drops significantly in line with a sudden drop in the outside temperature?

Yes, your home may already have insulation, but this is a quirk which can indicate a problem in its efficiency. A sign that the insulation is not regulating external conditions as well as it should, letting hot or cold air into the home.

If you find that this is the case, then it might be the time to review the state of the insulation you have installed, and seek to upgrade that will bring added comfort, greater temperature control, and significant improvements to your costs.

For more information on the benefits of upgrading your home installation to the most current Massachusetts Building Insulation Code, and the ways in which this can be achieved, call Mass Energy Lab Insulation at 617-902-2744 or visit our insulation services page.