Brr…It’s Cold Outside

Now that we have officially hit single-digit temperatures, we are starting to experience the true Iowa winters we all know. With the big difference in temperatures from indoor to outdoor, it is much easier to tell where insulation may be lacking in our homes. We have put together a list of areas within your home that could be signs you need to improve your insulation.

Cold rooms in Des Moines, Iowa.

6 Areas That Give Off Warning Signs

If you are experiencing chilly rooms & floors, rising energy bills, ice dams, frozen pipes, wet insulation, or noticing cold air coming in through the wall outlets; you need to improve your insulation.

  • Chilly Rooms & Floors:
    • When air from the outside makes a way into your home, it’s very easy for the floors and rooms to become much colder than usual. Rooms that are very cold in the winter tend to be the ones above the garage or right below the attic.
heat map home insulation

A heat map evaluation is where we use a thermal imaging camera to see the problem areas of your home. This method can detect infrared radiation.

  • Rising Energy Cost:
    • If you are noticing yourself constantly turning up the thermostat; your home is most likely lacking in insulation. Your furnace is running more than it should and it is costing you more money. In the end, your furnace can wear out faster than it originally should and cost you way more money down the road.
Thermostat on wall

Program your thermostat to adjust if you are at home or away during the day. You can save energy and keep your costs in check by keeping your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime.

  • Ice Dams:
    • Ice Dams are the result of melting snow turning into a layer of ice forming on the edge of the roof. When the snow starts to melt but doesn’t exit the roof; it backs up onto the roof, below the shingles, in the soffits, and into your home’s interior. When the temperatures start to drop; it freezes up in those areas. Lack of insulation and ventilation are the reasons behind the ice dams.

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof.

  • Frozen Pipes:
    • Frozen pipes are never any fun in the winter. If pipes are freezing in your home, this is a big red flag that your insulation needs to be improved. With proper insulation, you won’t have to worry about the damage that comes with frozen pipes or pipe bursts.

  • Wet Attic Insulation:
    • During Winter, air from the outside comes in through the basement and travels up to the attic. With no proper insulation, the air leaks out in the attic creating frost due to the temperature changes. As it warms up, the frost melts onto the insulation and creates mold.
Frost in attic from heat escaping home.

Frost forms in attics when warm, humid air accumulates and condenses on the underside of your roof sheathing.

  • Cold Air Through Wall Outlets:
    • One of the common spots in your home (especially in older homes) for air to leak is through light switches and wall outlets on exterior walls. This is a big sign more insulation is needed.
By placing a pre-cut foam gasket on the back side of the outlet cover, this will give you a tight seal to stop the air from coming in and out.

By placing a pre-cut foam gasket on the backside of the outlet cover, this will give you a tight seal to stop the air from coming in and out.

Your Local Community Contractor Is Here To Help

Here at Home Solutions of Iowa, we offer various custom insulation services to maximize the comfort of your home. We communicate with you every step of the way from the Home Performance Evaluation to providing you with one of our insulation services that fit the needs of your home. Contact us for a free estimate!