Does your home have enough insulation to protect it from the Las Vegas heat? Winter is a great time to check, especially if you have an older home or you’re not sure your insulation is the right R-Level. When insulation is up to code and properly installed, it can make a big difference for your power bill and indoor comfort. But if it’s insufficient or shifts around over time, your home could be vulnerable to everything from drafts and heat gain to pests, leaks, and mold.
Proper insulation helps maintain a protective seal and regulate indoor temperatures. If you notice any of these five red flags in your home, you may need more – or better – insulation to correct the problem:
Some Rooms Are Warmer
Evenly installed, code-level insulation should make it easy to regulate indoor temperatures throughout the whole house. Inconsistent temperatures on different floors or in different rooms suggest the insulation isn’t doing its job properly. If you notice a significant temperature difference between different rooms – for example, your bedroom gets a lot hotter than your living room – it might be time to inspect your wall and attic insulation.
Your AC Unit Stays on All Day
Las Vegas summers are famous for their intense, dry heat, but your air conditioning unit still shouldn’t be working nonstop. Improper insulation can force HVAC units to work twice as hard when it’s hot outside, leading to sky-high power bills and energy waste. Spare the environment and your wallet by making sure your insulation is up to code and distributed evenly.
You Notice Drafts on Cooler Days
Desert nights can get downright chilly, but if you feel the breeze when your doors and windows are closed, there might be something wrong inside. If cool air is entering your home in certain places, those places may need additional insulation. Sometimes, this means a corner of your attic has lost insulation. Other times, it means your doorways and window frames need additional insulation to prevent drafts.
Your Insulation is Wet
If your insulation is anything but bone-dry, it’s time to replace it. That includes slightly moist, damp, or soaking wet insulation – any sign of moisture is a sign that you need new insulation. Of course, you may also need better ventilation, and an inspection to check for leaks or flooding. Beyond the health risks associated with mold buildup, moisture makes insulation completely ineffective.
Your House Was Built Before 1980
Insulation codes weren’t enforced for many older homes. If your house was built before 1980 – or you haven’t changed or inspected the insulation in many years – now is the time to bring it up to code. We can help you retrofit your house to meet existing insulation standards.
Do these signs sound familiar to you? Take our quiz to see if you could benefit from better insulation, then call (702) 262-7847 to schedule a consultation with First Quality Roofing & Insulation. We’re committed to improving your home’s protection with code-level (or better) insulation.