Posted on: 1 May 2023Share
Attic insulation is a crucial component of your house's energy efficiency. The insulation is what helps to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It does this by preventing the air in the home from escaping and keeping the outside air from coming in. Not only will this help keep the home comfortable, but it also keeps the energy costs down and puts less strain on the HVAC system. This article discusses reasons for replacing the insulation.
There's Been a Pest Infestation
Some pests can destroy the attic insulation. It's common for raccoons to break into the attic by tearing the shingles off the roof or coming in through an attic vent. They can get in through a gap that's just 4 inches. Raccoons can do extensive damage to the insulation, quickly. However, they aren't the only pests capable of destroying insulation.
Mice, rats, and even squirrels can also get in and cause problems with the insulation. Also, bats can be an issue, even though they may not chew or dig at the insulation. Instead, they damage it with their guano, which can carry diseases that spread through the air.
The Insulation Is Old
As the insulation in the attic gets older, it can become less effective, and you'll start to notice negative changes in the way the home feels, how often the HVAC system kicks on, and the amount of your energy bills.
Once you start noticing these things happening, it's a good time to have the insulation replaced. Otherwise, your house will continue to cost more to heat and cool, and your HVAC system will have more wear and tear put on it. More wear and tear on the HVAC system can lead to additional repairs.
There's Mold and/or Mildew
The attic is an area of the house that's very susceptible to mold and mildew growth. It's right under the roof which increases the risk of moisture, and it can be humid, These are both things that create an environment mold and mildew can thrive in.
When there's mold or mildew in the attic insulation, you should refrain from going in there and leave everything to the professionals. They'll know how to protect themselves properly since mold can pose a health hazard.
Now that you're aware of some signs indicating the attic insulation needs replacing, you can correct the issues happening in the home currently. Furthermore, you'll also prevent other issues from happening down the road.
For more information about attic insulation replacement, contact a local company.