Insulation Maintenance Tips to Keep Your House Cozy

Proper insulation is critical for keeping your home comfortable and energy-efficient year-round. But even high-quality insulation that has been installed properly requires some simple maintenance through the years. Don't let your insulation become compacted, settle, or develop gaps that let cooled air escape. Follow these key insulation maintenance tips with the help of professional insulation services.

Thoroughly Inspect Attics, Crawl Spaces, and Basements

It's important to visually examine all exposed insulation in your attics, crawl spaces, and unfinished basements annually. Look for areas where the insulation has become compressed or thinned out. Rodents or pests may also disturb insulation. Contact insulation services to add insulation to any gaps or flattened areas that could be the cause of energy loss. They can replace, or fluff up, compressed insulation to restore its insulating power.

Check Insulation Depth in Multiple Areas

Insulation naturally settles and compacts over years of use, reducing its effective depth and R-value. The average recommended R-value is R-30, which equates to a thickness of 10 to 12 inches. Use a measuring tape to check the insulation depth in several areas around your attic floor and confirm it meets the recommended level for your region. If the depth is less, have an insulation service add new insulation until the proper depth is achieved.

Vigilantly Seal Air Leaks

Even small drafts or air leaks allow cooled indoor air to escape and outdoor allergens and moisture to enter. Do a careful visual inspection around the house to spot gaps at joints, pipes, wires, vents, windows, and doors. Feel for drafts around your home as well. An insulation service can thoroughly seal these leaks using caulk, spray foam, weatherstripping, or other materials.

Consider Upgrading Old or Thin Insulation

If your home insulation is over 10 years old or still under the recommended R-30 level, upgrading to newer high-quality insulation like blown-in cellulose or fiberglass batting can dramatically boost energy efficiency. Have insulation services evaluate your current insulation and offer suggestions on upgrading. The improvement in comfort and savings can be tremendous.

With some simple proactive insulation inspections and maintenance, alongside sealing leaks and considering upgrades, you can keep your home cozy and energy-efficient for years to come. According to, 90% of homebuyers prefer a home that will lower their energy costs, such as one that has energy-efficient features. Reach out to our professional insulation services for assistance with optimizing your insulation. Call Zerodraft for a free home energy audit today!