Have you noticed a slight rise in your energy bill? That may be because your insulation needs replacing. There are many reasons why you might need to get the insulation in your San Diego home replaced, including leaks, mold, and rodents which are all signs you need an attic cleaning. Let’s start off by talking about why homes need insulation in the first place.
What is Insulation and Why do I Need it?
Whether you just bought your house or you’re in the construction phase, insulation will always be a key component to a temperature-controlled environment. In simple terms, insulation is a barrier that goes inside your walls to protect the area from heat loss and gain. Having good insulation in your home can save you on average up to 35% on your heating and cooling bill.
Many types of insulation exist including fiberglass insulation, foam insulation, cellulose insulation, and more. Each of insulation type has its own benefits and will work differently depending on the climate. Although there are other determining factors, the type of insulation you have in your home will have an effect on how often it should be replaced.
How Often Should my Insulation be Replaced?
Some insulation is made to last for years, while some insulation may need to be replaced sooner than expected. While there are many different elements that determine whether or not you need to have your insulation replaced, it’s always best to consult with a professional to be sure.
A few determining factors that can indicate whether or not your home might need insulation replacement are the age of your home (is it older than 15 years?), the climate that you live in (mold can grow in humid climates), and if you’ve experienced any water leaks or damage in the past. Although heavy rain is not something Southern California is known for, note that the coastal fog that regularly blankets SD neighborhoods can also set the stage for mold problems, we recently detected such a problem at a home in Carlsbad!
The easiest way to know if you need new insulation is to schedule an inspection with a home insulation company. A professional installer will be able to give you an accurate answer on the current status of your home’s insulation.
Insulation in the Attic
Often times people think of the attic as being a place that’s hot, humid, and stuffy. While that can be true at times, your attic is actually more prone to moisture than the rest of your house. Because of this, insulation in the attic often wears down faster than the rest of the house, leaving cracks, holes, and access for moisture and pests to enter through.
If you’ve noticed some heating and cooling issues, funny smells, or any uninvited guests it may be time for attic insulation removal. Insulation removal can be a hazardous and hard process that should only be completed by the hands of a trained professional. It requires specialized equipment and gear and it’s important that it’s done properly.
Insulation Installation for Your Home
You can benefit significantly by making simple and minor changes to your home like upgrading your insulation. New home insulation installation can decrease your heating and cooling bill, increase your home’s value, protect your home from pests and leaks, and help control the temperature. Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our professional attic insulation installers today.
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