Does your home have enough insulation? More often than not, Michigan homeowners find their homes do not have the optimal amount of insulation. 9 out of 10 homeowners will have to add additional insulation to their homes if they want to be considered to be “well insulated”. This occurs because the minimum amount of installation required by code for a home to be inhabitable is less than what is considered to be proper.
Why though would a builder add more insulation if they are not required to? The more insulation the less profit. However, as a homeowner we know that not having enough insulation produces higher energy bills. In order to increase comfort and decrease energy bills it is crucial that professional insulation experts evaluate your home and add insulation in areas that it is needed.
Signs Your House Is Under-Insulated
Different Temperatures Throughout the House
If your home is one even temperature throughout you more than likely have enough insulation in your home. If different temperatures are felt however, you most likely do not have enough insulation. An example of this can be felt in a kitchen that is always freezing cold with bedrooms that are steaming. If this is the case in your home, it is best to have a professional insulation contractor out to evaluate the situation.
Increased Energy Bills
Compare your energy bills over the last couple of years. If you start to see a gradual increase in energy usage there is a chance that the blown-in insulation within your walls and attic have settled and have become less effective. When this occurs, there is a chance that your home is not as well insulated as you had hoped for. Homeowners may not notice a shift in the temperatures throughout their home however an increase in energy bills overtime sure is noticeable. If heat is escaping through your homes roof and walls, it is time to either replace or add in additional insulation.
Cold Walls, Floors, and Ceilings
Your home should feel warm and dry to the touch. Check your ceiling, interior walls, and floor, do they feel damp and cold or warm and dry? If it is cold and wet, then you most likely do not have enough insulation throughout your home. Exterior walls however, should feel cold as the insulation is keeping your home comfortable by keeping warm air inside.
Homeowners have come to expect that during the winter months they have a few drafts here and there this however, doesn’t have to be the case. Cold air coming from window frames and doorways can easily be avoided with the addition of extra insulation and the addition of spray foam insulation where needed. Getting rid of small drafts can help prevent drafts and save on energy bills.
Insulation Contractors at Kearns Brothers incorporated are experts in blown-in cellulose. We only recommend additional insulation in homes that need it to aid in the comfort level, energy efficiency, and to decrease energy bills.
As a full-service home improvement contractor servicing all Southeast Michigan, Kearns Brothers, Inc. offers clients a wide range of services to meet their construction needs including: roofing, siding, window, masonry, chimneys, gutters, and insulation services. More information can be found at www.kearnsbrothers.com.