The attic is one of the most important places to insulate in a house. This is because it is probably the largest potential point of entry for cold and warm air into internal areas of a house.
Determining whether the insulation on your attic is still intact does not necessarily mean that you have to climb up there. You can easily tell that it's time to call in a professional contractor for insulation repair or replacement by watching out for the warning signs discussed below.
Uneven Room Temperatures
If the insulation in your attic is still intact, the temperature in every room around the house will be more or less the same.
Fluctuating indoor temperatures is often a clear sign of poor attic insulation. You might notice that the temperature in a particular room changes from cold to warm and vice versa with regular frequency. This should tell you that there is unwanted cold or warm air getting into the room, and it's probably getting in through the attic.
Similarly, widely varying temperatures in different rooms around the house can also be an indication of faulty attic insulation. Under normal circumstances, your bedroom, for example, should not feel colder than your living room if the windows in both rooms are closed.
A Spike in Residential Energy Consumption
A sudden increase in residential energy consumption can also be an indication that it's time to call in an attic insulation contractor.
Because poor insulation will allow cold/warm air to penetrate through the attic, your air conditioning system will have to work overtime in order to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures. The extra workload can be responsible for the sudden increase in your energy consumption, thereby resulting in higher electricity bills. In such a case, dealing with the root cause of the problem (faulty insulation) is the only way to bring down your residential energy consumption.
The presence of household pests within the attic can also be a sign that it's time to replace the insulation therein. Common pests that seek residence within the attic include bats and mice.
It goes without saying that you will need to get rid of any pests within the attic. Once this is done, you will need to attend to the damage that the unwelcome guests will have caused. Such damage is not likely to spare your installation. As soon as the pests are gone, call in a residential insulation contractor to remedy the situation.