Insulation plays a key part in keeping your home at a comfortable temperature level all throughout the year. Without it, the harsher weather outside would seep indoors and affect you and your family, so it’s imperative that you pay close attention to it.
Eventually it – like everything else – will need replacing. But that’s where the hard part comes in. Since you hardly ever come into contact with insulation, how are you supposed to know when to replace it, or when it’s gone bad? Luckily, there are telltale signs to watch out for – and the experts at Freedom Air & Heat can tell you what a few of them look like!
Fall Is the Best Time
As far as the best time of year to change insulation goes, there’s never a better season than right now in the fall! Insulation is designed to protect the interior of your home from colder weather. Even though we don’t have to worry about it as much here in Florida, there’s always a chance we could experience a drop in temperatures.
Waiting until those days hit, though, is too late. By then the damage will have already been done, so it’s smarter to have insulation replaced now while it’s still fairly warm outside. Taking care of it ahead of time will also ensure your bills stay lower, because that’s a potential warning sign as well.
Spike in Bills
While noticing that your energy bills have slowly increased isn’t a guaranteed indicator your insulation needs replacing, it is certainly a symptom. If your insulation has begun to wear out or grow ineffective, your central air is going to have to work harder to reach your intended temperature.
But since higher energy bills can be a result of several different problems at home, it’s best that you let a professional inspect everything to determine the root cause.
If It Gets Wet
The only thing worse than deteriorating insulation is wet insulation. Once water enters into the equation, the insulation is effectively useless. Insulation needs to stay dry to work at all, because it uses dry, air-filled pockets in the fiberglass to trap air. Once water fills up those pockets, there’s no turning back.
Should you experience a nasty storm that somehow leaks into your attic and seeps into the insulation, you have no choice but to undergo a full-scale replacement.
Contact a Professional
It’s also advisable to have experts audit your home every so often. They will determine if your insulation is faulty and needs replacing, and they’ll advise you on the best course of action moving forward. Perhaps the energy-bill spike is just a result of changing seasons or something else just as harmless – but there’s a chance it might not be.
Freedom Air & Heat is Cocoa’s go-to heating, cooling and indoor air quality service provider. Whatever your request or problem is, we’ll handle it – just give us a call at 321-631-6886 to learn how!