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Signs Your Attic is Under-Insulated

Proper insulation is key to maintaining a comfortable home that is free of outside noise, pests, drafts, and mold and mildew. If you’re experiencing strangely high energy bills and any of these other symptoms, it may be that your attic lacks adequate insulation.

Pest infestations

Insulation, especially blown-in insulation like ProCat®, that seals small crevices and hard-to-reach places, keeps air in but also keeps rodents and pests out of your attic. If you see evidence of bugs or critters, it could be your insulation.

Ice damming at your roof

Ice dams are solid blocks of ice that build up along the eaves of your roof and in the gutters, and they can cause significant damage to your roof as well as water leaks, mold, and mildew.

Inadequate insulation contributes to ice damming by allowing heated air to escape from the roof, melting ice and snow that then refreezes and creates the ice dam.

If you see icicles hanging from your roof and gutters, you may need more insulation.

Water leaks

If you have water leaks in your roof, you almost certainly have damaged insulation as well. Insulation loses thermal resistance when it gets wet but will usually be fine if it can dry out. But – and this is a big “but” – wet insulation inside compact areas doesn’t dry out easily. While it’s still damp, it is like a wet sponge sitting inside your attic, possibly developing mold and causing wood damage, as well as becoming a water source for pests.

Temperature changes throughout the house

The temperature throughout your house should be consistent. Many times, homeowners assume that a change in temperature from one room to another is due to the furnace or A/C unit. More than likely, it’s inadequate insulation. In a properly insulated home, when the house heats up to the temperature you set, it should stay that way in all rooms until the heat needs to kick on again.

Cold floors, walls and ceilings

Your floors and walls should be room temperature, not ice cold. If they are cold to the touch, your home may benefit from additional insulation.

As an Owens Corning®Certified Preferred Contractor, Ferris Home Improvements offers our Delaware customers energy-saving ProCat® blown-in insulation. Whether you want to add insulation in your attic, basement, or crawlspace, blown-in insulation does a great job of improving winter energy efficiency without a lot of hassle.

If you need to insulate your home in the Delaware area, contact Ferris Home Improvements. Our ProCat insulation is ideal for upping the winter energy efficiency of your home!