Living in Cedar Park, TX means dealing with extreme heat in the summertime and occasional bouts of frigid air in the wintertime. Insulation keeps the interior air in your home at a consistent temperature, and it prevents unwanted heat exchange with the outdoors. Look for these signs of a poorly insulated home.
High Energy Bills
Inadequate insulating materials make your home too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. Your heating system and air conditioner will have to work extra hard to maintain a comfortable temperature. This will lead to high energy bills, especially during the peak summer and winter seasons, explains the Department of Energy.
Hot Second Floor
In the summertime, heat that flows into your home through leaks around windows, doors, and the roof will rise to the second floor. Inadequate insulating material in your attic provides the largest contribution to heat buildup. Increasing the R-value to at least 30 and choosing a light-colored roofing material will improve the comfort of your home’s uppermost level.
Ice Dams and Water Leaks
In the wintertime, heat escaping from your attic may cause snow on your roof to melt. Once it reaches the cold metal gutters, it may refreeze. After a few cycles of this process, the water can soak through the soffits and fascia and cause a leak in your home’s attic or walls.
Cold or Drafty Rooms
Inadequate insulating material causes drafty areas in homes, especially along perimeter walls and near doors and windows. The perimeter walls will feel cold to the touch in the winter. Rooms near the attic or garage are also prone to these unwanted drafts. Adding more insulating material improves your comfort.
For more ways to tell if your home needs more insulation, take a look at AC Pros Air Conditioning & Plumbing’s insulating services, or reach out to us today.