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Why Are My Walls Cold?

Thursday, January 21st by Shannon Brelsford


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Using a variety of techniques and products, Dr. Energy Saver can resolve the issue of cold walls.

Winter has arrived, settling in for the long haul as the nights grow dark early and the temperature calls for wearing hats, gloves and scarves. As the temperatures drop, a lack of proper air sealing and insulation can have a negative impact on a home's overall temperature, leaving homeowners uncomfortable and chilly even in their own homes. 

You can think of insulation within a home as the layers that you wear to go outside. If you wear a sweater, jeans, socks and boots and layer up with a coat, hat and gloves, virtually your entire body will be warm. But if you leave the coat unbuttoned, or forget a scarf then air can sneak in beneath your layers. In the same way, improperly insulated and air sealed walls allow the cold to seep into the home and provide little protection from the freezing temperatures. 

The Risks Of Cold Walls

While it may seem like the most pressing concern with a lack of wall insulation is the chill itself, this actually isn’t the case. When it comes to the difference in temperature between the air within your home and the air outside, there can sometimes be an accumulation of moisture known as condensation. 

  • Moisture is the number one enemy to homeowners. When there’s a lack of wall insulation, trapped moisture within the walls and beading up on the surface provides the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow, and when it does it grows fast. Mold can seed and begin to spread within hours, in just a matter of days mold can cover an entire floor, and attach itself to other natural materials. Things like furniture, clothing, paper and even some trinkets and personal belongings can be easily destroyed by mold, and fast. 

  • It’s not only uncomfortable to spend too much time in a cold home. Research has shown that living in a house with a temperature that is consistently below 68 degrees can cause a variety of mental and physical health problems, as well as exacerbate already existing conditions. Ailments such as asthma and high blood pressure can be worsened by consistently low indoor temperatures. With the potential for household mold added on top, it’s a recipe for an indoor air quality disaster. 

How a Home Insulation Contractor Can Help You

Wall Insulation

Insulating the walls helps to retain heat within the home's living spaces.

Utilizing proper insulation and air sealing can greatly increase indoor comfort. With the help of a professional home insulation contractor, you not only improve your home’s comfort, but you also increase the longevity of HVAC systems within your home as well. 

With professional training and years of experience, a home insulation contractor can come to your home to:

  • Perform an energy audit to assess where you’re losing the most energy. Using this procedure a home insulation contractor can pinpoint where you’re losing heat and allow cold air to enter into the home and decide the best products and materials to use to maximize energy efficiency and heat retention. 
  • Formulate a plan to make your home more energy efficient! Wall insulation and air sealing can greatly improve indoor comfort. Interior and exterior walls should be properly insulated to maximize comfort and energy efficiency. Utilizing proper techniques and products, like wall insulation and air sealing, will make your home much more enjoyable and comfortable all year round. 
Expanding Air Sealing Foam

Air Sealing fills gaps and cracks that allow cold air to seep into the home.

Finding a Home Insulation Contractor

When looking to find a qualified insulation contractor, Dr. Energy Saver has you covered. Dr. Energy Saver has a nationwide network of trusted home insulation contractors that can improve the comfort and quality of your home. 

If you’re looking to layer up this winter season with better wall insulation, reach out today for your free, no obligation estimate!

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