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9 Existing Home Insulation Problems that Show Up in the Winter
Amanda Ringler

By: Amanda Ringler on February 11th, 2019

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9 Existing Home Insulation Problems that Show Up in the Winter

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As winter begins to show its face you notice your home is colder and less comfortable.

Once Old Man Winter is in full swing you notice more problems that are turning your home into a cold dreary place you’d rather not be. But what’s causing all of this turmoil?

Little to no insulation in your home.

This can happen over time where the traditional insulation, whether it’s fiberglass or cellulose, in your home can sag, settle, or shift. It can even still allow for air movement through it. Then there are older homes that were never insulated to begin with.

RetroFoam of Michigan has worked with thousands of homeowners to fix these problems by adding an air seal with foam insulation. But enough about us, let’s take a look at these problems and what causes them.

Home Insulation Problems that Show Up in the Winter

These are all of the problems you are likely experiencing each winter when there is little to no insulation in your home.

  • Rooms are too cold and never warm up enough and your floors are unbearably cold. If your home is lacking in the insulation department, then all of the cold air from outside is getting in. This leads to uncomfortable rooms and cold floors.
  • High heating bills during the winter because your furnace runs constantly. If your home is constantly too cold, your furnace is going to work overtime just to maintain a constant temperature. That constant running is going to end up costing you a lot more money in the long run in monthly energy bills, not to mention the strain it puts on your furnace. This happens because cold air is getting inside and the air you are heating is escaping.
  • Cold drafts coming from electrical sockets and your walls are cold. If you have little to no insulation in your walls, that cold air is going to come through anyway it can. The outlets of your home are a perfect space to feel those cold drafts.
  • You have to wear extra clothes and use blankets to keep warm. If the cold has gotten so extreme in your home, you’re likely finding yourself wearing two pairs of socks and curled up with a blanket or two just to keep warm.
  • Ice dams are forming on your roof. Ice dams are bad news bears. They form when heat escapes from your home through your attic where there is little to no insulation. The snow melts in the middle of the roof. The melted snow pools at the edge and forms an ice dam. This can not only damage your roof but also lead to leaks in your attic.
  • You deal with frozen and even broken pipes every winter. Frozen pipes can be a headache and costly if they burst. Frozen pipes happen when there isn’t sufficient insulation where they are located, so the frigid temperatures are getting into the space.
  • Frost forms on your windows. If you have older windows, then it is safe to say you probably don’t have insulation around them. Sometimes, even newer windows will form frost if the contractor didn’t insulate around them.
  • Condensation is forming on the exterior walls inside your home. Condensation on the interior walls of your home comes down to simple science – the cold outside temperature is meeting your interior warm temperature at the wall and forming condensation. Just like a pop can in the summer. If cold air can get through your insulation, then this can happen and cause more problems than you might think, including the growth of mold and mildew.
  • Even your dishes are cold. Your hot coffee isn’t going to stay hot for long if you’re putting it into a cold mug. If your kitchen cabinets are on those exterior walls, if air is moving through your old insulation, you’ll feel it in the dishes.

Solve Your Poor Insulation Problems

All of these problems have a simple solution: update or replace the insulation in your home.

The choice is yours whether you decide to add more fiberglass or cellulose to your home or go in a different route with foam insulation.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of foam insulation for your home, check out the Learning Center on our website.

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About Amanda Ringler

Amanda previously has worked as a breaking news and crime reporter, TV news producer, and editor in Flint and Detroit. Throughout her career as a journalist, she has won several awards from the The Society of Professional Journalists - Detroit Chapter and the Michigan Press Association. As part of the RetroFoam of Michigan family, Amanda uses her experience as a journalist to write content that will help educate homeowners on the benefits of foam insulation. When Amanda isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and rescued huskies. She also loves knitting, making art, cooking, and hosting dinner and a movie night for friends and family.