The short answer to this dilemma is that you need insulation anyway, no matter where you live, because it lowers energy costs and gets rid of many thermal problems. Statistics speak for themselves; for example, the UK alone have reported increasing levels of insulation, not just among newly built properties, but also among older ones. Insulation is definitely a project worth every penny, but how do you know you need it in the first place? Check for these signs and you’ll find out.
Ideally, the temperature in your home should be steady. There shouldn’t be fluctuations from room to room or at different times of day. If the living room is comfy and warm, but you need to add an extra layer while sitting in the kitchen, then you need to insulate your home. Insulation creates a thermal barrier between the interior and exterior of a house, so there will no longer be a heat exchange. As a result, you will have the same temperature in all rooms, all day long!
Ice buildup during winter
High energy bills
In general, high energy bills are one of the main reasons that convince people to call an insulation company. Why? Because a family can get used to living in a cold or drafty home, but nobody likes spending abnormal amounts of money on bills without enjoying thermal comfort. If your HVAC appliances run 24/7 and your bills are really high, then invest in insulation. It will cost some money, but the project will pay for itself because insulation will lead to lower energy bills. Struggling with monthly costs is not a viable long-term plan, because you will be stuck in a vicious circle. Learn to spend money wisely and eliminate the root of the problem!
Cold walls and floors
Basement and attic leaks
My home is insulated, but I still have one of these problems
If your house is insulated, but notice one or more of the signs above, then it has started to fail. As beneficial as insulation may be, it doesn’t last forever. Maybe the building was insulated many years ago, with materials and techniques that aren’t so effective today. Or maybe the material used wasn’t the best one for your needs. A home inspection from a professional will give you some insight into the state of the insulation and you’ll find out if it needs replacement.