Why is my home always too cold or hot?
Why should I replace my insulation?
What is the purpose of insulation?
Is your home always too hot or too cold? Do your heater and air conditioner not seem to work as well as they should?
Beyond the obvious reason of having a malfunctioning HVAC system, your home may be having problems with insulation.
Insulation is material placed inside the walls and floors of your home that helps to prevent air from escaping from inside or entering from outside. This keeps your home at a good temperature and stops the wasting of energy that happens when an HVAC system has to work extra hard to maintain the temperature.
If it seems like your HVAC system is unable to keep a constant temperature, or if your home is extra hot in the summer and cold in the winter, then you should check your home’s insulation. If your home doesn’t have insulation or the insulation is so old it is falling apart, then you will need to get some or replace it in order to fix the problem.
If your home was built with insulation, then chances are you won’t ever need to replace it. That is unless there are extenuating circumstances that damage your insulation. One such possibility is if your roof experiences a leak. Dripping or running water near insulation can cause your insulation to go moldy and crumble. Moldy or falling apart insulation will need to be replaced before your home will be back to full efficiency. If your roof or walls have had any leaks in the past, make sure to check your insulation. Not only does mold and mildew harm your insulation, but it can also be harmful to those living in your home. It is not safe to inhabit a home with excessive mold spores that can travel and carry diseases. If mold is found in your insulation, you need to replace it right away.
In addition, when your home was built, it’s possible that not enough insulation was used. Insulation needs to be a certain thickness before it can effectively block the airflow through your home. If your home is very old, then the insulation may not have ever been thick enough or may have compacted over time so that it is no longer thick enough. If this is the case, you can choose to either replace all of your insulation using updated materials, or you can just lay another layer or two over top of your current insulation. This should help regulate the temperature in your home.
Again, if your insulation is really old, it may have compacted or even decayed since being installed. If your home is old, then you should check the condition of your insulation. If it is looking old or damaged, you need to replace it. If it looks fine and has weathered the years well, then there is no need to worry.
Insulation is meant to keep your home at a good temperature and stop airflow coming in and out, which will make the temperatures in your home fluctuate and cause your HVAC system to work extra hard and waste energy in order to keep your house comfortable. If your insulation is damaged or doesn’t exist, then it cannot do its job and will not help your home the way it was meant to.
Depending on the kind of insulation you choose and the area you are insulating, you may be able to do the entire job yourself. For example, if you choose to go with blanket rolls of insulation and are insulating the floor of your attic, then you can simply roll the blanket rolls out between the floor joists. If you don’t know what you are doing or would like some help, then you can contact a local insulation company. If you live in Highpoint, Greensboro, or Winston Salem, North Carolina, then that local company is Southern Comfort Mechanical.
Southern Comfort has been in the insulation business for nearly 30 years. We have replaced, installed, and updated hundreds of home’s insulation. When you trust Southern Comfort, you are guaranteed to receive fast, affordable, reliable service. Southern Comfort’s biggest priority is to make every homeowner as comfortable in their home as possible, so we’ve even named our company to reflect that goal.
If you check your insulation and everything seems to be fine or you’ve just replaced your insulation and your home’s temperature is still fluctuating and not being maintained properly, then the problem may not have been with your insulation. Maybe the problem is with your HVAC system. Heaters and air conditioners require some maintenance and do tend to break down at inconvenient times. Make sure to have your HVAC system inspected by Southern Comfort Mechanical if you are experiencing problems.
There are many reasons your home may not be regulating the temperature properly. Damaged or missing insulation, broken heater, or malfunctioning air conditioner are only a few of the possibilities. To ensure your home’s systems are running smoothly and are not having problems, you should get an annual inspection. Southern Comfort can come to your home to inspect everything from insulation, HVAC, plumbing, and electricity. You want your home to be in as good of shape as possible, and staying up to date on all inspections is one way to prolong life and help the efficiency of everything in your home.
Give Southern Comfort Mechanical a call today. If you have questions or already know you want an inspection or need something fixed as soon as possible, we are the company for you. Southern Comfort will help you through this hard time with as little interruption to your daily lives as possible. We want you to be comfortable in your home, which means we will be in and out of your home and make our repairs quickly and efficiently. With prices that beat our competitors any day, you can’t go wrong when you choose Southern Comfort Mechanical. Give us a call today and we will be glad to help you with anything you need