Is improving the energy efficiency of your home and saving money one of your New Year’s resolutions? If so, you may be considering installing insulation. But what about old insulation that is already there? It may be time to remove it.
It can be helpful to have some basic information before you talk to the professionals. How do you know if you need to remove old insulation and install new materials?
How Long Will Insulation Last?
It starts with how old your insulation is. Just like anything else, insulation doesn’t last (and perform effectively) forever. If you just moved into a newly built house two years ago, you are most likely fine. Modern homes are well insulated and more energy-efficient than homes built even a decade ago! You should consider re-insulating and call an insulation company if your home was built in the 1970s or earlier or if you’ve been living in your home for years without ever checking things like insulation levels (especially if you’re not sure when the home was built).
Do I Need to Remove Old Insulation?
Insulation that has been installed for years can start to sag, deteriorate or get infested with rodents. This significantly decreases its effectiveness. In addition to old age, other signs you may need more insulation include:
- Drafts (particularly near the windows) and uneven temperatures from room to room
- Higher than normal energy bills for the time of year
- Air conditioning or heating system running more than normal
- Unusually warm second story (which indicates your attic may need more insulation)
Insulation Removal & Installation in Austin, TX
Do you need to remove old insulation in your home? Look no further. The Hinkle Insulation team can replace your old insulation with new fiberglass, cellulose or spray foam insulation. We look forward to helping you save money and live more comfortably this winter—and all year long.
Contact us to learn more about insulation removal and our insulation services!