Windows are closed, a fan blasts cool air in your face, you reach for a glass of ice-cold lemonade: it sometimes feels impossible to stay cool in the swelter of summer. But did you know that insulation can help improve home comfort levels? By slowing down the flow of cool air throughout a house, you can keep your home nice and cool in the summer months.
According to a report from the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), approximately 90 percent of homes are under-insulated, creating a significant amount of energy and monetary waste. Here’s how to identify deficiencies, and where to install insulation for the best results.
What Are the Telltale Signs a Home Is Under-Insulated?
High energy bills: Electrical bills vary with seasonal weather. If you notice a significant increase in your energy bills in the hotter months, it could be due to a lack of proper installation. Cool air might be escaping your home, pushing your HVAC to work harder.
The touch test: Place your hand on a wall in your home. Does it feel warm or damp? If so, you might be lacking appropriate insulation. Repeat the test in different rooms to determine how and where the temperatures vary.
Inconsistent cooling: Are you cool in some rooms, but sweating in others? Typically, the upstairs of a home is on the warmer side. If you notice differences in temperature, it could be due to poor insulation.
Identifying insulation issues may not always be easy or obvious. If you think your comfort and bank account are suffering from a lack of insulation, it is best to consult a contractor.
Where to Install Insulation
Controlling the indoor temperature is just one benefit of insulation. It can also help with controlling moisture and reducing sound transmission. We’ve created this useful infographic to show how your home could benefit from insulation.