3 Signs You Need To Replace Your Home’s Insulation
By TIFFANY SELVEY
Good home insulation keeps us comfortable while also efficiently heating and cooling our homes. If you don’t have adequate insulation, heat will go directly through your walls and ceilings, meaning you’re not fully feeling the effects of your heating or you're wasting air conditioning during the summer — here are three ways you know it’s time to replace your insulation.
You want at least 12 to 20 inches of insulation in your home, especially in your attic. To check your insulation, turn off the breaker to your home’s electricity, and remove an outlet to see if it’s broken down or missing.
The amount of energy you use should be on your monthly bill, and comparing your usage is important to see if your insulation is losing its effectiveness. Check your bills from the past two years to see if there has been a pattern of increased usage.
If you feel a difference in temperature just from walking between rooms or have newer home additions, it may be time to replace your insulation. Most energy companies offer free energy audits, which check your home’s energy efficiency, as well.