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Melanie Ledger

Melanie Ledger

It's time to upgrade insulation!

Here are the signals to look for in your home.

When it comes to insulation, chances are your home may not have enough. Unless you’ve added extra insulation when building your home, or insulation has been added to the home when renovated, there’s a high chance it’s under-insulated.

Why is this? Home builders install the minimum amount of insulation required by code and the codes change. Why would they install more unless asked to do so by the homeowner? The more they install, the more money each house costs to build.

Without proper insulation the heated or cooled air, your heating and cooling system is working so hard to produce, escapes through the walls and attic. 

Here are a few signals that tell you that your home is under-insulated:

Fluctuating Temperatures

One sign of good insulation is having even temperatures throughout your home.  If rooms are varying temperatures but are well ventilated, then the problem is probably poor insulation. These rooms are often above the garage or below the attic. That’s why it’s important to make sure all areas of your home are properly insulated. Heat and cool air can escape almost anywhere that doesn’t have insulation to stop its path.

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Cold Walls, Floors and Ceilings

Do the touch test. The interior ceilings, walls and floors in your home should feel warm and dry. When drywall and paneling inside a home feels damp or cold, there is not enough insulation. Alternatively, exterior walls should feel cold to the touch because insulation is keeping warm air inside a home.


During the winter months, drafts in certain areas of a home are caused by cool air entering around window frames and doorways. By having extra insulation added to these areas, you  can avoid cold drafts. Spray foam insulation seals and insulates and is good for cracks and crevices.

Ice Dams on Your Roof

Ice dams occur when heat (rising from your poorly-insulated home) melts the bottom layer of snow off of your roof. The melted water then trickles down towards your gutters and  freezes. The result is large chunks of ice and oversized icicles, called ice damming. It can wreak havoc on your roof, gutters, cause interior water leaks, and not to mention it is a safety hazard if they fall off the roof. Look up and take notice!

High Energy Bills

The most obvious indicator of under-insulation – Look at your home’s energy bills in the last few years. You may not notice extreme temperature shifts in your home if your heating or cooling units are working overtime to stay even. You will notice a large increase in your energy bill as a result of that units stress. Don’t forget this isn’t just a winter increase, you will also see the increase in the hot months too from poor insulation.

Next Steps

Call Trillium East Insulation Inc. of course! Let us come by and take a look to offer you solutions. Contact us today to setup a time 613-922-2259.

Why wait? Don’t let your home stay under-insulated.

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