Around 63% of the energy bill for homes in the Durham Region goes toward heating. That's because winter in southern Ontario hits sub-zero with alternating snow and rain. If your home has poor insulation in the walls, you'll feel like you're outside instead of inside.
There are a few red flags in your house that mean the insulation needs replacement. A high energy bill is one of the signs your home is poorly insulated.
Grab your flashlight and a digital thermometer; it's time to get to work. This guide will help you learn how to check house insulation and save on energy costs.
A Well Insulated House Won't Have Cold Spots
There are two reasons why your home doesn't maintain an even heating level. The first reason is there isn't enough insulation or old insulation in the exterior wall. Without the insulation, heat leaks outside.
The second reason is there's not enough insulation around the HVAC ductwork. As the HVAC pushes warm air through the duct, cold areas cool it down. Test the ducts by measuring the vent's output temperature in every room as the heater runs.
Are There Large Ice Dams in Your Home's Gutters?
Ice dams form when heat leaks up through the roof deck and melts the snow. As the water runs down, it freezes again in the gutters. After a while, the ice lifts the shingles and melts into your attic or crawlspace.
Go into the attic and check the walls for water stains and mould. If ice dams have created a leak, contact an insulation contractor in the Durham Region. We can install a vapour barrier and fix the insulation to prevent ice dams.
Poor Insulation in Walls Leads to Pest Infestations
Does insulation go bad? Yes, it does, and the easiest way to tell is to look for pests. Bugs like roaches and silverfish eat organic materials found in old insulation.
A well-insulated house blocks off cracks and holes pests use to enter your home. With the right type of insulation, it acts as a secondary barrier against pests. Ask your insulation contractor about spray foam insulation.
Do Your Pipes Freeze in the Winter?
Frozen pipes are a nightmare because they can lead to serious flooding in your home. When the water in the pipes freezes overnight, it expands and bursts the pipe.
Protect your home from water damage and mould exposure and check the insulation. Poorly-insulated exterior walls are the most likely culprit for frozen pipes. You may want to check the pipes under your home, as well.
What to Do After Finding Signs Your Home Is Poorly Insulated
Did you find any of these signs in your home? Then it's time to upgrade your insulation to something that will protect your home. You don’t have to suffer through the uncomfortable cold of winter.
If you live in the Durham region, contact Durham Insulation today for a free estimate. Our contractors are trained to install and replace eco-friendly insulation materials.