How to Tell if Your Home Insulation Is Not in Good Condition

November 30, 2021

While you might assume that your insulation is fine, the reality is that under insulation affects 90 percent of American homes, according to one industry study. If you haven’t added insulation to your home, it probably doesn’t have enough.

That’s because builders tend to get by with only providing the minimum amount of insulation required by law. This saves them money, but in the long run, you pay the cost in higher energy bills.

Let’s look at some of the most obvious signs of bad insulation and what to do about it.

Temperature instability

If your home is well insulated, temperatures throughout the home should be consistent. If you’re freezing in the living room but too hot in the bedroom, this is a sign of under insulation. When your home is properly insulated, it’s easy to set your thermostat at the temperature you want and then enjoy the comfort.

High energy bills

One of the most noticeable signs of bad insulation is that your energy bills are higher than expected. If you’re noticing spikes compared to prior years and energy prices haven’t gone up, then insulation is likely the culprit.

That’s because insulation is responsible for keeping the indoor air, well, indoors. Poorly-insulated homes will let in hot outdoor air in the summer and cold outdoor air in the winter. Plus, all the work your HVAC unit has done to cool or heat the home will be rendered moot if that air simply escapes.

Water leaks

If part of your attic is consistently becoming wet and moldy following heavy rain, it’s likely that your insulation has been damaged. This means it’s time to fix the leak and replace the wet insulation with new material.


If you’re experiencing fluctuating temperatures, you may notice that winds are penetrating the house. Many homeowners are surprised that these drafts are actually due to poor insulation. For those struggling with mysterious drafts whipping through the home, it’s time to invest in new insulation.

Too much noise

Insulation works behind the scenes to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter—but it serves other functions as well. One of those is muffling noises that come from within the home and from outside. If you’re having trouble sleeping at night due to outdoor noises, it could be due to a lack of insulation.

Cold interior walls

Are your interior walls cold to the touch? You might think this is normal, but it’s actually not. A lack of insulation is often the culprit if the walls, floors or ceilings are noticeably cold.

Are you looking for the leader in insulation services? Then look no further. Ace Insulation Inc. has been serving customers for more than a decade. Our combined 100-plus years of experience in the industry means we’ve seen it all. We have the knowledge and resources to get the job done right the first time, every time. Give us a call today to find out more and ask for a free estimate.

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