You may be surprised to know that many homes all across the Miami area are under insulated. Unless your house has had additional insulation installed after it was built, it is very likely that the house you live in now does not have enough insulation either. Most housing builders put as little insulation in a home as they legally can as keeping the insulation to a minimum helps them keep their costs low. Here are a few signs that will help you determine if your house has enough insulation.
Temperatures that Constantly Fluctuate
When you have proper insulation, your home should be able to maintain a steady temperature throughout. If each room has a different temperature, it is likely that your home does not have enough insulation. This variance can cause your heating or cooling system to try to correct the problem continuously. For example, if one of the rooms that is always too hot or too cold is a room with the thermostat in it, this could lead to a frustrating inadequacy for heating or cooling in your home. The continual need for climate adjustment is not only hard on your furnace or air conditioning unit; it can cause your utility costs to increase by hundreds of dollars each season.
Energy Bills that Seem High
You can monitor your home’s insulation by evaluating your previous energy bills. If you notice a substantial increase in the amounts you are paying each season, it is likely some of your insulation has settled or degraded. If you have blown insulation and it gets wet in any way or compacts, it is less effective and can cause you to have areas that are not protected as well as they should be.
Nearly half of the average utility bill in the United States consists of charges created by heating or cooling a home. However, adequate insulation can significantly reduce these figures. By installing additional insulation, you can save as much as 20% off your current energy bill.
Exterior Walls, Ceilings, or Floors that are Hot or Cold
Trying to figure out if your home might need more insulation can be frustrating; however, you can do a simple test to see if some of your cool air is escaping into the Miami heat. All you need to do is touch your walls, floors, or ceilings. These should all feel cool and dry to the touch in the summertime or warm and dry to the touch in the winter. If at any point these surfaces feel damp or the same temperature as the outside air, you want to contact an insulation installation company right away to discuss the benefits of insulating your roof, walls, and floors.
Rooms that Feel Hot or Cold
If you experience specific rooms in your house being hotter or colder than other parts of your home, for no apparent reason, it is likely that the insulation around those areas is not working correctly. Upon investigation, you may find that these rooms have a lot of open air above or below them that has not had a protective insulation barrier put in place. Without insulation to stop the energy transfer, both heat and cool air can get out of your home. An insulation company will be able to review the areas that have these temperature variants and advise you on what steps to take to reduce or eliminate the problem.
Sometimes you may notice places in your home where you can feel a breeze of outside air. Some of the more common places to see this is around windows, doors, and plumbing. After a while, these areas can lose their airtight seal and allow drafts to enter your house. Though these areas are not traditionally considered when discussing insulation, they are key zones that need added attention to help you maintain energy efficiency and a comfortable temperature in your house.
A Best Insulation and Your Home
A Best Insulation is a local Miami Insulation Company. You can contact us today for an energy efficiency evaluation, and we will send out a team to look at your home and its power usage. We have special imaging tools that allow us to see where your house may be leaking heat or cool air, and our experts can educate you on the issues you are having, as well as show you exactly where the problems are.
We will work with you to find affordable solutions and discuss the best step to take to correct your home’s energy loss. These are changes that can help you not only save on your upcoming utility bills but can also help you reduce the impact your energy use has on the environment.