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It's common knowledge that a home should be insulated in order to keep the temperature inside the house balanced. However, what is not as widely known is the fact that a home can be under-insulated. If you have questions about just how well your home is insulated, learn about some of the factors you should look at.
Do you feel small bursts of cool air on the upper level of your home, particularly during the winter months? If so, a lack of insulation could be to blame. Insulation does an excellent job at blocking heat, but people sometimes forget the defense it creates against cool air.
When the attic is not properly insulated, some of the cool air is blocked, but some of it is still able to penetrate inside, which is the reason you feel the cool drafts. These cool drafts won't just make it feel less comfortable upstairs — you could also see a rise in your heating costs, as you might have to increase the temperature on your thermostat to keep your home warmer.
Insulation creates somewhat of a blanketed barrier that does more than block air from the outside. The barrier can also help keep pests out of your home. As a result, if you notice that you have rodents living in your home or a growing insect problem, it's worth it to at least look at the insulation to see if it's a part of the problem.
When an attic is under-insulated, the small areas where the insulation should be create the perfect place for pests to get inside. A complete seal is best to keep more of these rodents and insects out.
Another indication of under-insulation is a temperature imbalance. For example, if the lower level of your home feels cool and comfortable, but the upper level feels warm and humid, too little insulation could be to blame.
Not only does heat naturally rise from the lower levels, but a lack of insulation in the attic will also send more heat through the ceiling and walls that line the upper level. Adding more insulation in the attic can minimize the flow of heat and keep the upstairs just as cool as the downstairs.
Do you believe your home might not be insulated well enough? Make sure you don't ignore the problem. Contact an attic insulation professional who can assess your home and help you correct the problem as soon as possible.