By Kierra Barraza
The U.S. Department of Energy suggest that you should have your insulation inspected at least once a year. If you have recently had a roof leak or replacement, leaky vapor barriers or unwanted rodents, you should replace your insulation to keep your energy bills low and maintain a comfortable home.
High Energy Bills
50% – 70% of the energy used in the average home in the US is from heating and cooling. According to Colorado State University, even the newer homes are not insulated to the recommended R – value levels that are 49 for the attic and 19 for the crawl space. Your attic space and crawl space will have difficulties holding warm air in the cooler months and keeping warm air out during the warmer months. This will result in high-energy bills because your home has to work harder. By replacing your Insulation you can shave anywhere from 10% – 50% on your heating bill according to the Department of Energy.
The oxygen you breathe while in your home circulates through the Attic. An estimated 40% of the air you breathe travels through your attic space. The mildew can also appear in your crawl space. Air leaks and too much moisture in a poorly ventilated area are factors that most commonly cause mildew to lurk in your attic. A few conditions you and your family may suffer from include respiratory problems; sever allergy symptoms such as itchy and watery eyes or even a weakening of your immune system. At least 10% of the world’s population is allergic to mold according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Health Services.
Rodents find any little crack or hole in your walls to nest in your attic and crawl space. Some rodents can carry Hantavirus, which is a group of viruses, can cause a rare but deadly disease called Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. HPS can spread from the droppings, urine and saliva from an infected rodent. The rodent excrement damages the Insulation in your home by causing a bad odor causing airborne germs to circulate through the air. Rodent problems typically increase in the winter months.