Minnesota has a continental climate. It has hot, humid summers and cold, frigid winters. Duluth and St Cloud are some of the coldest cities in the United States, and they are found right here in Minnesota.
Homeowners who live in an area with a continental climate need to be prepared for the changes of the seasons. One way that you can maintain a comfortable environment in your home is by installing adequate insulation in your home.
Your home’s insulation is in charge of regulating the temperature in your home. So when the cold, frigid winter settles in, it blocks the cold air from entering your home. And when the warm summer months approach, it helps to keep the air cool inside your home.
However, if your home’s insulation system has deteriorated, it can make conditions inside your home pretty unbearable. If you think that your insulation system is not functioning as it should, carry on reading as we detail some of the tell-tale signs of a dysfunctional insulation system.
Fluctuating Home Temperatures
One of the first tell-tale signs of a deteriorating insulation system is fluctuating temperatures in your house.
Some rooms in your home might be freezing cold, whereas others are uncomfortably warm. This is due to an uneven distribution of hot and cold air in your house.
Increased Energy Bill
Irregular temperatures will most likely lead to your heating and cooling units working overtime to regulate the environment inside your home.
This overcompensation of your energy units will drastically increase your energy bill, costing you thousands of dollars in the end.
Freezing Interior Walls
One way to test if your insulation system is working correctly is by doing a touch test on your walls and floors. If your insulation is in working condition, your walls and floor should be cool and dry. However, if they are freezing cold or damp, your insulation may be faulty.
Cold walls and floors mean that the cold air from outside is making its way into your home. If your walls and floors are damp, this could mean that warm air is trapped inside your home.
Moisture and Mold in the Attic
If you notice that your attic is experiencing some unusual mold growth, this may be due to the presence of excess moisture. Moisture creates the perfect environment for mold to grow, and it can lead to the deterioration of your roof structures and insulation system.
Your insulation is there to control the humidity levels in your home, and if your attic space has condensation, it may be time to invest in some new insulation.
For more information on the functionality of your insulation system, give Prominent Construction a call today!