Get Rid of that Old Attic Insulation
“Out of sight, out of mind” isn’t just what your teacher told you when you were paying more attention to something other than the lesson at hand; it’s also appropriate to describe how many people forget about their attic insulation.
Unfortunately, the insulation in your attic is one of the most critical barriers between you and the outside weather. If the insulation in your attic isn’t in its best shape, you could be losing a lot of money in heating and cooling bills, probably because your HVAC system is running more than it should and subsequently putting wear and tear onto itself. Here are some problems that your attic insulation might be causing for your HVAC system.
Strange Noises in the Attic
If there are strange noises coming from upstairs, particularly the attic, it probably isn’t an indication that your home is haunted. The more realistic probability is that birds, rodents or other creatures have made their homes inside of yours, and old insulation provides a great temptation for them to do this.
However, this might also mean that these creatures have moved into your duct work since they will quite literally make a home anywhere (and even construct nests for their young). It goes without saying that it’s clean air, and not these animals, that you wanting flowing through your HVAC system’s ducts, especially if they’re blocking air flow to your home’s interior. If you have an infestation in the attic, get your ductwork checked!
Even the most solid roof eventually falls victim to a little moisture; even small cracks can lead to leaking during heavy rains and begin letting water into your attic. If insulation in the attic gets wet, it can be a breeding ground for molds, a leading cause of increased symptoms of respiratory issues and allergies.
Molds that start in the attic can quickly spread into your ductwork, in turn spreading throughout your house. If there’s mold in the insulation, you should have the ducts of your HVAC system checked to make sure that mold is not growing there as well.
Ever Changing Temperatures
Does it seem like the temperature in your house is always changing? Does it swing quickly from too warm to too cool then back again? This might be another sign that there is a problem with your attic insulation, so head from room to room in your home and see if there are large changes in the temperature. If you notice that some rooms are much cooler or warmer than others, it can be an indication that your attic insulation is in need of changing.
These changing temperatures can put undue stress on your HVAC system, causing it to work harder and for greater lengths of time than it should, eventually wearing it out long before it should actually stop working. After you have your insulation checked, you should also make sure to have your HVAC system inspected for any issues caused by overworking.
Increased Energy Bills
Have you noticed a steep increase in your heating and cooling bills? This might be an indication that your home is leaking its air through the attic’s insulation. Just as we’ve stated before, increased power bills mean an increased load on your HVAC system’s part, which can in turn lead to early repair issues or even an early replacement.
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