A properly insulated attic will mean that your family stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It also means that your energy bills remain reasonable throughout the year. So, is your attic under-insulated? Well, the surest way to answer this is to have a professional come out and take a look at things. Nevertheless, there are obvious telling signs that indicate that your attic is poorly insulated.
Ice Dams and Icicles
Ice dams refer to a common and harmful winter roofing problem which is caused by a combination of an inadequate roof or attic ventilation and a warm attic space. Formally, ice dams are an accumulation of ice at the edge of the roof which causes water to pool behind it rather than flow off the roof. A properly insulated attic will most likely never have a problem with ice dams in winter.
Ice dams mean that heat escapes through your attic and roof and will prematurely melt the snow that has accumulated on your roof. If you are constantly troubled with ice dams in the winter, you need to properly insulate your attic to prevent heat from escaping. You can read more about ice dams here.
This is not a straightforward test and it requires a bit of work. Begin by opening all doors inside your house to even out the temperature of your home. Next, walk to the different rooms in your house to see if any of them is noticeable cooler or warmer than the rest of your home. You can also feel the ceiling to see if it unusually hot or cold in any area. If you do notice a temperature difference in some areas, it is a sign that those areas are poorly insulated.
Drafty rooms are also a strong indicator that you have a problem with your attic insulation which needs to be fixed immediately.
If you have safe access to your attic, doing a visual inspection can be a quick way to determine if your attic is properly insulated or not. In a poorly insulated attic, the joists and any insulation between the joists are visible. Depending on the type of insulation used, the convention is that the insulation should be on top of the joists or filled to the point that it covers the joist.
Unusually High Energy Bills
Poor insulation in your attic means more money spent heating or cooling your home depending on the time of the year it is. The HVAC system needs to work harder to compensate energy loss occurring somewhere else in the house. Small leaks in your insulation tend to cause a small increase in your bills and consequently larger leaks could potentially cost you hundreds of dollars.
If you notice any of the above signs, it usually means you have you have inadequate insulation in your attic. The next step is to call a dependable and experienced roofing contractor who can help you replace your attic insulation.
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