The Problems with an Under Insulated Home

Is an insulation upgrade really that important? Think about it. The problems with an under insulated home may not seem too demanding from the start. But they will eventually worsen and cost you thousands of dollars for repair jobs. So if your living space is experiencing at least a few of the things that we’re going to mention below, you should seriously decide on getting an upgrade as soon as possible.

Frequent temperature changes

Cold spots don’t mean that you have ghosts in the house. It just means that your current insulation system doesn’t work well enough to keep the indoor temperature constant. So if you have a hot living room and a drafty kitchen, it’s time to change your insulation.

Huge bills

Devastatingly high bills are one of the most common problems with an under insulated home. These huge hikes one your monthly payments are caused by too much energy consumption, only to be wasted by an ineffective insulation system.
In freezing climates, the problems with an under insulated home become more apparent. CC Image courtesy of Wonderlane on Flickr.
According to GreenAge, more than 25% of your home’s heat goes out through the attic or roof, and about 35% of it eases its way through the walls. Your heating and cooling systems could also be working overtime to keep the indoors more comfortable. Really, paying for heat and cool air just to have them radiate away from your house is a painful way to lose money.

Ice dams

Ice dams are one of the most obvious red flags for a home with not much insulation. These frozen mounds are made when indoor heat rises into the attic and melts the bottom layer of the snow that’s piled on top of the roof. The melted ice flows downward into the eaves, hits cooler air and refreezes. As this process repeats itself, it causes a major build-up, especially on the gutters. The water from the ice dam can also enter the attic and cause moisture damage and rotting.

Leaks, mold and water damage

Speaking of moisture damage, under insulated houses tend to harbor a lot of water. Whether it’s from an ice dam or just the buildup of moisture from inside the house, water can lead to very expensive problems like:
  • mold growth
  • stains on the ceiling and walls
  • pests like roaches and rats
  • damaged wallpapers
  • rotting wood which causes it to lose its structural integrity

Questionable air quality

Pollen, dust, dirt and other microscopic things can enter the house. Without proper insulation to filter these out, you could be stuck breathing air with questionable quality.

On the other hand, if your insulation hasn’t been upgraded in a while, it could be the very thing that’s polluting your air.

Ice damaged pipes

Lastly, you know that you have a less than ideal insulation system if your pipes are frozen or at least damaged from the frigid conditions. Proper insulation is supposed to support pipes and protect them from many of the forces outside. So without it, they could end up freezing or worse, bursting because of the extremely low temperatures they’re being exposed to.
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