Living in a poorly insulated house can be dreadful. Houses that are hot and humid in the summer, or bitterly cold in the winter are usually houses with poor insulation. Here are 5 signs that your house may be poorly insulated and some suggestions on how to resolve this issue.
1. You can’t get any relief from heat and humidity during summertime.
This is a problem that many New Zealand homes with poor insulation face. Older homes with metal roofs and poor ceiling insulation often creates an oven like effect in your home. In this situation, your home interior temperature starts to super heat and it can be very hard to try and cool.
You’ll know you have a problem when in the middle of a hot summer’s day, it’s cooler outside than inside your home. The best way to fix this issue is to have an assessor come visit your house and give you a home insulation report and consultation for improving the insulation standards inside your home.
Check out our recent article if you’re interested in learning more about the basics of thermal insulation.
2. There’s condensation on my windows in the morning and the house feels damp
You should never be waking up to weeping windows or wet carpets. Condensation may seem a natural phenomenon for an older house, but it isn’t. Condensation or dampness is a primary indication that there is something wrong with the insulation and you may need to fix this.
The best thing you can do is have an insulation assessment done for your house. An expert will assess the insulation situation and provide recommendations on what can be done to resolve the problem.
3. You can’t get rid of drafts in your house
Is your house so drafty it always feels like there’s an open door? Drafts can be caused by several problems but usually indicate there are gaps in your home’s thermal barrier where air can enter and escape.
Damage to your exterior cladding or gaps around windows and doors is known to cause drafts. Likewise, some insulation can deteriorate over time, and if you’re living in an older home and this may need to be topped up.
Uninsulated walls can add to this problem. Thankfully, there are wall insulation systems available in the market today that are able to fix this problem without having to remove your wall linings. Talk to our team to discuss the insulation options for your home.
4. Your floors are always cold
Older New Zealand homes built on piles left floorboards quite exposed to the outside climate. Coastline homes or houses built on sloping sections may experience this problem. If your floorboards are usually cold, it means the outside air is getting in through the floor of your house and it’s an indicator of poor floor insulation.
Specialised insulation blankets installed on the underside of your floorboards will resolve this issue. These insulation blankets help complete your home’s thermal barrier and will help make your home much more livable.
5. Mice or bugs on your property can be a sign of damaged or poor insulation
Are you regularly finding mice, rodents or bugs invading your home? This might be a sign that your house is poorly insulated. This is particularly likely if you live in an older house. The best thing to do is give us a call and we can come out and do an insulation assessment. If necessary we can repair or replace your insulation which will help keep those unwanted critters outside the home.
If you are experiencing any of these issues or suspect you may be living in a house with poor insulation. We can providing a free home assessment to help provide recommendations on how you can improve your homes insulation. Contact Us today to book your free home assessment and start enjoying the benefits of an insulated home!