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How to Know if Your Home Is Insulated Enough

Insulation: we use it in travel mugs and coats to keep what we need to warm, and we use it in our walls, attics, and more to do similarly. Insulation is a wonderful thing; without it, families would be left to freeze during cold Iowa nights, or at least deal with sky-high heating bills!

That being said, if your home is on the chilly side, adding more insulation might not be the solution; in fact, in some cases, this can actually be detrimental and lead to struggles with humidity and mold.

Haggerty Windows & Siding, as your preferred insulation contractors, replacement window specialists, and more wants to see your family warm and safe this winter season. Below, we’ll dive into the nooks and crannies of insulating a home and help you pinpoint if a lack of insulation is really to blame for your home’s unusual chilliness.

Check the Physical Condition of Your Insulation

If your home’s a little nippy, your insulation might just be unable to do its job. You might not need more insulation, per se, but simply to replace the stuff you have. For example, a simple roof leak can dampen insulation over time, resulting in a failure to hold heat in and thus a cold home.

While it might be impossible to check on all your insulation (unless you fancy cutting a hole in the wall or purchasing an expensive thermal camera) your attic is a great place to start when it comes to assessing if your current insulation is working. Up there, stuff should be dry and free of slimy or dark-looking smudges.

Are Your Windows Drafty?

Since windows populare pretty much every room of your home, it’s important to make sure that they’re airtight. Not only are drafty windows a major contributor to high energy bills, but they’re also an issue that adding more insulation can’t fix; you’ll need a window contractor for that one.

Before pointing a finger at your home’s insulation, check your windows for drafts or broken seals; Check out The U.S. Department of Energy's article on how to do just that, as well as where else to look for drafts.

Uneven Room Temperatures: A Sign to Consider

Though this can also be caused by anything from drafty windows to heat’s natural rising tendencies, it can also be a signal that somewhere your insulation is ailing. If your home is toasty in some areas but chilly in others, don’t just plug in a space heater; look into your insulation, among other things.

Haggerty Windows & Siding: Your Preferred Urbandale Roofing Contractors, Siding Company, and More

If your home is on the chilly side, we have the expertise needed to pinpoint the problem and protect your family and belongings. Give our Urbandale office a call today at 515-953-6999.

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