Is My Home Properly Insulated?

Insulation is an important facet of property homeownership. In fact, there is a very good chance that the home you occupy, at the moment, may not have enough insulation to ward off climatic elements. Insulation acts as a barrier to heat flow and is essential for keeping your home warm in winter and cool in summer. A properly insulated home offers around the clock comfort and reduces cooling and heating bills by up to one-half. As a result, greenhouse gas emissions decrease. This, ultimately mitigates dangerous pollution levels in our atmosphere.

In fact, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), in the United States, 90% of homes are under insulated.

Considering the size of NAIMA’s findings, it is important to find out why this 90% statistic exists. First, home builders need to minimize expenses to maximize their profits. Therefore, the insulation builders provide only meets minimum building code requirements.

Logically speaking, what motivation would a builder have to install more insulation? Insulation that meets code is simply not enough to cut costs and to keep a home comfortable year-round. Here are some symptoms of a poorly insulated home:

  • Drafts or Cold Rooms
  • Temperatures that fluctuate
  • Energy cost that are unnecessarily high
  • Bugs enter the home often
  • Floors and Ceilings that are always cold
  • Frozen pipes
  • Dams of ice that form on the roof

So, how does heat escape your home?

Heat escapes through the windows (25%), the walls (35%) or the attic and roof (25%). The rest of the building’s heat loss is attributed to gaps in installation previously installed, among other issues.

As an independently owned and operated HVAC company, Integrity Heating & Cooling has spent the last 35 years serving the Lake Norman, Concord Charlotte, and Gastonia areas. Our specialties include cutting-edge services as well as pioneering products.

Integrity Heating & Cooling has a 35-year history of assisting residential and commercial customers with innovative products and services that improve comfort and energy efficiency while providing a healthy and safe environment in which to live and work. Contact us today.