Home insulation is often out of sight and out of mind, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. A lack of insulation can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs, an uncomfortable home, and even pests inside the home. The best way to know if your home is under-insulated is for a professional to take a look, but there are some easy-to-identify signs that even a first-time homeowner can recognize. Here are some typical signs your home is under insulated. 

1. Extreme Temperature Fluctuation Inside

Insulation helps to regulate the temperature inside your home. Without insulation, it would be nearly impossible for your HVAC system to maintain a comfortable temperature without running constantly. A home without enough insulation is more likely to experience high energy bills throughout the harsher seasons. If you live in a climate with harsh winters, a lack of insulation puts your home at a higher risk for freezing or burst pipes. 

2. Excessive Noise & Drafts

A properly insulated home should have minimal noise coming inside and minimal sound traveling from one room to the next. If your house seems loud no matter how quiet you try to be, poor insulation may be to blame. Cold drafts, especially around exterior walls and along the floors, are another telltale sign too much air is moving through your home due to a lack of insulation. 

3. Cold Walls & Floors 

Chronically cold walls and floors that you can’t stand to walk on without socks or slippers aren’t something you should deal with as a homeowner. A properly insulated home has walls and floors that are close to room temperature. These signs of poor insulation are especially noticeable during the coldest parts of winter. 

4. Pest Problems

While rodents and bugs are a natural part of home ownership, they shouldn’t be a consistent issue you’re battling. Poor insulation leaves more room for mice, bugs, and other unwanted pests to live in the walls or attic of your home. 

How to Fix an Under-Insulated Home

If you suspect your home doesn’t have enough insulation, don’t start googling DIY solutions. This is a job for professionals! Contact an experienced contractor to schedule a home inspection. They’ll assess the insulation in your floors, walls, and attic, then schedule necessary repairs to add the correct amount of insulation.

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