Fiberglass insulation can, in theory, last up to 75 years. However, its quality starts to degrade after 15-20 years. Cellulose insulation similarly starts to degrade after 15 years, with a lifespan of 20-30 years. But with such long-range lifespans, how do you know when the exact time is to replace your insulation? Thankfully, there are a few tell-tale signs.
Your energy bills keep rising
You’ve replaced your doors and windows, you use a programmable thermostat, and yet no matter what you do, your energy bills keep rising. In these situations, the culprit is likely your insulation. Unable to keep the warm air in and the cold air out, your heating and cooling system will work overtime just to keep your home comfortable.
You’re seeing more bugs and pests
Old insulation will have gaps and holes, allowing bugs and pests to set up shop inside. This can easily turn into a pest infestation if you’re not careful. So, if you’re starting to notice more bugs and pests than usual, take a quick look at your insulation.
One room is colder than others
Do you walk into a certain room in your home and feel cold draft? If one or several rooms are colder than the rest of your house, then that likely points to insulation failure.
There’s moisture in the attic or crawl space
A little moisture inside your home is normal, but if you’re seeing excess moisture, then your insulation may be to blame. Wet insulation can cause bacteria such as mold and mildew to grew, worsening your indoor air quality and damaging areas of your home. Plus, wet insulation will deteriorate much faster, making a bad situation worse.
If you notice any of the above signs in your home, it might be time to replace your insulation. Thankfully, Wyatt Insulation can help. We can install fiberglass, batted, and cellulose insulation for homes and businesses in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Contact us today to get started!