While most homeowners don’t give a lot of thought to their home’s insulation, did you know the U.S. Department of Energy recommends having it inspected once each year? This is especially important if you have experienced a roof leak recently, or have replaced the roof of your home. There are three key reasons you might want to consider replacing the insulation. Our Austin spray foam insulation pros will explain below.
Potentially dangerous mold and mildew. About 40% of the air your family breathes circulates through the attic – and if there is moisture in the attic, it’s a breeding ground for mold and mildew among other nasty things. Whether you have allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues, mildew and mold will aggravate these conditions. Crawl spaces are another area where mildew tends to lurk.
Rodent droppings. Sounds disgusting, doesn’t it? This happens a lot more than you might think, as mice and other critters are adept at finding even the tiniest holes, gaps, or cracks to get into your crawl space or attic. Rodents can carry a group of viruses that cause Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, which can be fatal. Whether via saliva, urine, or fecal matter, an infected rodent can be trouble. Mice and other rodents tend to congregate in the attic or crawl space more during colder months, so be aware.
Increased energy costs. In the U.S. it is estimated that heating and cooling a home accounts for as much as 70% of energy costs. When your insulation is damaged or inadequate, your heated/cooled air literally goes right out of the attic, walls, etc. Insulation keeps warm air indoors during winter months, and out during summer months. By making sure you have the proper type and amount of insulation, you will save dramatically on energy bills.
Is it time to have your insulation inspected? Insulation is something we don’t often see in our homes, so you never know what condition it may be in unless you have had water leaks, structural damage, etc. Make sure to have yours inspected now, and give our Austin insulation experts a call today if it’s time for an upgrade.