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One of the most important parts of the home is the roof, because it is exposed to the elements all the time. It’s subject to the heat of the sun, water and moisture from rain, and extreme cold from snow. Thus, it’s a part of the house that frequently needs repair and renovation.

You can also bet that the roof’s underlying portions, such as the ceiling, are prone to wear and tear, too. In the same vein, these are areas that you should check every so often. You might notice that the house remains a bit cold during winter, or it’s too warm during the summer despite having insulation around the house. When that happens, the problem may be in your ceiling insulation.

How do you know if your home’s insulation system is doing its job properly? Is the existing insulation system of the home you moved into still effective? Here are some telltale signs that the ceiling insulation may need some maintenance and repairs.

The Existing Insulation in Your Home Has Gone Beyond Its Life Expectancy

After years and decades living in a house, we often take for granted that our homes continue to provide us warmth and protection. You may not notice that your own home’s insulation system already needs repair. There may still be a roof over your head, but its insulation system may no longer already be in top condition. Keep in mind that the roof is one of the parts of the house that takes a number of beatings from external weather factors. After some time, the roof may already require replacement along with its ceiling insulation.

Experts advise that ceiling insulation should be replaced every 20 years. This is important to note especially if you’ve just moved into an old house or inherited a property whose maintenance record you’re not 100% privy to. Old insulation can be a fire hazard and may not meet more recent fire safety laws and regulations. Take advantage of this time to find newer and more advanced insulation technologies in the market. These will add to your insulation system’s safety and effectiveness.

Your Electricity Bill Has Gone Up

If you don’t feel as comfortable as you used to inside your home when the weather changes, the culprit may be the insulation in your roof and ceiling. You may also notice that your power consumption has slowly increased because you are using your cooling or heating appliances more often, leading to higher electricity charges. This can be your signal to check your ceiling insulation.

Did you know that proper roof insulation alone can save you up to 20 percent in heating and air conditioning costs? That’s how big of an impact ceiling insulation has on the home. So if you feel something is amiss in the insulation system of your house, it’s good to begin with the roof, and then to work your way to the other portions of the house. Overall insulation of a home is important, from the foundation upwards.

The Indoor Environment Is Making You Sick

Has it come to the point where you or your children are getting sniffles all the time? Sometimes you can chalk this up to seasonal changes, but sometimes the environment within the home itself is what’s making you sick. Problems in areas such as the ceiling or the roof may contribute to an unhealthy home environment. The external heat and moisture may encourage the growth of harmful substances, like mold or mildew, that will circulate in the air. These may trigger asthma, allergy attacks, and a host of other health problems.

Pests Have Made a Home in Your Ceiling

Rats and other pests usually also inhabit crevices in the ceiling and roof. They may damage the insulation installed in these locations, so it is important to always check and clean these areas. They may damage the insulation and affect air quality inside the home. The good news is that newer insulation products are made of materials that can combat allergens and help keep good indoor air quality. If you’re constantly seeing mice droppings or insect carcasses, these are signs that pests may have infiltrated your home and are possibly eating away at your ceiling insulation. Make sure to contact pest control immediately.

Your Insulation System Incurred Water Damage in the Past

Water damage is a tough situation for homeowners to deal with, primarily because the problem is not easily seen by the naked eye. After your home has been ravaged by inclement weather, you may not immediately see the consequences until after a few weeks or months. Mold and mildew will start growing in areas where there has been water damage, especially in areas like the ceiling.

While it’s admittedly a costly investment, it’s a good idea to go ahead to completely replace insulation that has been exposed to water, as well as get a roof inspection to assess the cause of the leak. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Stripping away old insulation after your house has been exposed to the elements will save you money in the long run. It also saves you the cost of health problems caused by toxic elements that may be growing right inside your home.

Keeping the overall insulation efficiency of your home is not difficult if you know where to start. Good starting points are your roof and ceiling because those are the areas that work the hardest in keeping you shielded from the elements. Take good care of your roof and ceiling, and your home will provide you with many more years of comfortable shelter!