Signs You Need More Insulation in your Home

attic insulationYour home insulation probably isn’t something you spend a lot of time thinking about. This time of year it may be a bit more of an issue as the cold starts to creep back in, but unless you are an expert who insulated his or her home entirely by yourself, you probably aren’t really aware exactly what you have or what you really need for insulation.

There are a few sure signs to watch for that will mean it’s time for a call to the friendly folks at Standard Insulating Co. for an additional blanket of heat-conserving insulation.

Number one is that heating bill — if it’s jumped as the cold months returned it’s likely you’ll want to address the situation and see if there’s something you can do to lower those bills. Additional insulation is one of the best purchases you can make in a home. It’s not just a long-term investment that will add value if you want to resell in the future, but money well spent that will give you a nearly immediate return in savings on your heating bill in the winter, as well as your cooling bill in the summer.

Want to see more proof you can use some additional insulation? Take a look around your home for the warning signs.

Drafts — especially around doors and windows — are an obvious indication that you’ve got an air seepage problem. Moisture around the glass of the windows also shows a inadequate air seal. These should be insulated or you might as well shovel your greenbacks through the cracks.

The evidence also includes ice dams and excessive icicles on the roof. These can be caused not only by the sun but also by warm air leaking into the attic from inside your home to warm the underside of the roof. This causes the snow and ice to melt and then refreeze as it runs off the roof, creating those ice formations.

If your floors are unusually cold during the winter you might have insufficient insulation underneath them, causing air infiltration that cools them. That might feel good in the heat of the summer, but in the winter you won’t appreciate it as much.

Check the insulation in your attic. If you can easily see your joists, you need to add more. But if you can’t see the joists because the insulation covers them, you should have enough and adding more would have little benefit.

Once you decide it’s time for more insulation, give the experts at Standard Insulating Co. a call. We will make sure you have the proper insulation for your individual needs, and even install it for you if you aren’t a do-it-yourselfer. Call us today at 738-1424 or (800) 738-1424.

About Standard Insulating Co.

Standard Insulating Co. was founded in 1928 and is now the oldest and largest insulation company in the Mohawk Valley. Using state-of-the-art technology and the Energy Smart incentive programs from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Standard Insulating can determine the causes of energy loss in your home and provide the solutions. They will also determine if a family or individual qualifies for incentives up to 50% (max. $5000) and low interest loans.

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