Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am. Have your most pressing home improvement quandaries addressed by calling or texting 651-461-9226. Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus shared on 10.15.22.
When temperatures drop, it’s common for homeowners to see a spike in energy bills and wonder if they need new home insulation. Working with a reputable insulation contractor can ensure that you can improve your home’s energy efficiency and overall level of comfort.
What Are Signs That My Home Insulation Needs To Be Replaced?
If an attic’s fiberglass insulation is discolored, it’s a sign that air is moving through it. This means that the home insulation is not working as well as it should. Rodents that live in your attic can also lower the effectiveness of the insulation. A third sign that home insulation services are needed is if there is noticeable air coming through your walls. This is often a sign that the stack effect is taking place.
Can Too High Of Home Humidity Levels Be A Problem For My Attic Insulation?
During the winter months, home humidity levels should consider the outdoor temperature. In most cases, they should not be higher than 35%. When they get higher than this number, frost can form in the attic. This can ruin insulation and cause dry rot in the attic.
What Types Of Tools Do Insulation Contractor Services Use To See What Type Of Energy Efficient Home Improvements Are Needed?
- Blower Door: A blower door changes the air pressure in a house and makes it easy for an insulation contractor to identify leaks.
- Infrared Imaging: Thermal imaging scans can identify where insulation is missing, the air is leaking, and moisture is collecting.
- Humidistat: This device can determine if a home’s humidity levels are the correct amount for the time of year.
Bonus Resource: Learn more about home performance testing.
Why Home Air Sealing Should Be Discussed With Your Insulation Contractor
Many attics have multiple different types of insulation. Just adding insulation isn’t the way to go. Home air sealing should also be performed. There are many areas of the home that benefit from air sealing services. They include the attic access door, recessed lights, and soffit vents. Without air sealing services, ice dams can occur.
Why Choose Lindus Construction To Improve Home Energy Efficiency
Since 1979, Lindus Construction has served over 100,000 happy customers in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Western Wisconsin, and beyond. We specialize in an array of home insulation services including home air sealing and ice dam prevention. Contact us for your complimentary estimate and heat map analysis.