Home ImprovementIs Poor Insulation Keeping Your Home Cold?

April 15, 2019


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Reduced heating power, higher heating bills, rooms that refuse to heat up… Noticing these signs of uneven or reduced temperatures is one of the first indications that your heater is in trouble. But don’t go replacing your heater so quickly! It might simply be the case that your insulation, not your heater, is what needs replacement. We’ll explain how insulation works and some of the signs that you might need insulation and HVAC services in Mission, KS.

How Insulation Works

Your home is made of concrete, wood, and drywall. While these materials certainly help create the foundation of your home, they’re not enough to create a proper thermal barrier. Without a thermal barrier, the heat and cold from the outside will directly affect the temperatures inside your home. The proper amount of insulation will keep warm air out of your home in summer, but it will keep warm air inside your home in winter. There are many types of insulation, but they all do the job of creating that thermal barrier for you. Insulation is commonly applied to the floors, the walls, and the attic. Insulation can also be applied to your HVAC system’s airducts. This helps retain the temperature of the air throughout the entire ductwork so that the heated or cooled air doesn’t lose its temperature as it travels.

Signs of Poor Insulation

Insulation doesn’t last forever. Over time, it can deteriorate and should be replaced by a professional. Here are some of the signs that it’s time for reinsulating:

Uneven temperatures

If the insulation around the home is patchy, you can anticipate that the temperature will not stay consistent. This can lead to the development of cold and hot spots—rooms that refuse to heat or cool during their respective seasons. Another way you might encounter cold and hot spots is if the insulation in the airducts goes bad. As the heated or cooled air travels through the ducts, the lack of insulation can cause it to lose its temperature. The air will come out on the other side without the same cooling or heating power.

High energy bills

What logically follows after uneven temperatures is an increase in your heating and cooling bills. Since your indoor temperatures will gradually change due to the lack of a thermal barrier, you can anticipate that your HVAC system will need to work longer and harder to achieve the indoor temperature set on the thermostat. Plus, if you don’t feel cool or warm enough, it might cause you to run back to the thermostat and push it back up or down to compensate.

The touch test

One way to test your insulation is simply by feeling the wall. If it feels particularly cold—or even damp—then there’s a good sign that the insulation is not doing its job. However, this test is only truly effective when there’s a big difference between the interior and exterior temperatures. In other words, if you don’t feel a difference just by touch, it doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have an insulation problem.

Do you suspect that you need new insulation? Contact MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling today to request an estimate. Relax… It’s MVP!

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