Winter is coming! If your heating bill was higher than normal last year, it could be a sign your home needs more insulation. We spoke to Alex Schuts of Insta-Insulation about how you’ll know when it’s the right time to add more insulation to your home.
Before the cold winter weather arrives
“The winter can be a time where your home experiences a great deal of energy loss and a there’s a prolonged period of discomfort for its occupants,” says Schuts.
With air escaping through windows and doors, it’s much more difficult to trap that much-needed warm air indoors. If your home is retrofitted with the right amount of insulation, you can keep your home warmer without compromising your comfort.
If there’s an increase in your home’s heating bills
Have you ever compared your energy bills with a neighbour living in a similar size home? Perhaps after a heavy snowfall, you’ve noticed your neighbour’s roof is covered in snow, while the snow on yours is melting away.
These signs point to lack of insulation in the attic, causing heat loss and lack of proper ventilation.
When your home is properly insulated and the air barrier is continuous, you can increase your comfort and lower your energy bills.
“Insulation saves you money by reducing the amount of time your furnace or heat source runs,” says Schuts. “The most efficient furnace is the one that doesn’t turn on.”
Consider the age of your home
Homes built prior to 1985 likely need to have the insulation upgraded. “These are homes that don’t have the same air tightness that today’s Ontario building codes call for,” Schuts explains.
If you find your home feels cooler each passing winter – with the furnace running – an insulation upgrade can significantly improve how you live in your home. After all, your home is a big investment and it should be treated as such.
Invest in your home with Insta-Insulation
“People should start thinking about insulation as an investment,” says Schuts. That’s because insulation pays for itself.
Retrofitting an older home with new insulation can be a costly project, which is why Insta-Insulation offers clients financing options.
An insulation installation expert like Schuts has the knowledge and expertise to provide your home with the right amount of insulation, while ensuring your home’s air barrier is continuous, thus preventing moisture problems and mould growth.
For more information on how to stay warm and save money this winter, visit Insta-Insulation‘s profile on our website. Watch videos and find out if your home needs more insulation.