Having effective insulation in your Birmingham, Alabama, attic is crucial for your comfort. Good insulation also helps make a home more energy-efficient. Unfortunately, through pest infestation, water damage, and age, insulation can deteriorate and stop working well.
Insulation is often a neglected aspect of home maintenance simply because it’s so hard to know when it needs to be replaced. If you notice any of the symptoms listed below, it could be a sign that your house needs more attic insulation.
Inconsistency in Temperature
Do you feel hot and cold areas in your house? Are some rooms consistently warmer or cooler than others, even taking into account the amount of sun the rooms receive? One of the most common causes for unbalanced temperatures inside the home is uneven insulation. It’s possible that your attic is not insulated well enough in those particular areas.
Abnormally High Utility Bills
Throughout the year, you can expect your utility bills to fluctuate as the seasons change. But if your energy bills are especially high during any season, it could be a sign that you’re losing air through poorly insulated places in your attic. With air escaping, your HVAC system will have to work harder than it should to maintain the temperature in your home, leading to higher energy use.
Pests such as mice, snakes, squirrels, and birds enjoy the warmth and security that insulation can provide them. When they get into your home, they often make living spaces in the insulation, chewing and damaging it. If you hear pests in your attic or see any signs of them, there’s a good chance that they have caused some damage to your insulation.
If you notice any of these signs, it might be time to upgrade your attic insulation. Contact One Source Heating & Cooling at (205) 509-1929 today to find the best insulation option for your home or for any of your home HVAC needs.
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