If you're thinking about tackling some home improvement projects this spring, don't forget to add insulation to the list. Insulation isn't something that most people think about when they're planning home improvement projects, but it should be. Insulation is a vital part of any home. It helps keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It can also help control the moisture levels in your home. If you're not sure that your home needs new insulation, here are four questions you should ask yourself.

When Was the Last Time You Replaced It?

You might think that insulation should last forever, but that's not actually correct. In fact, insulation usually starts wearing out after about a decade. Once it starts wearing out, it loses it's ability to perform its required function, which is to protect your home from the elements. If your insulation is at least 10 years old, you need to talk to an insulation contractor about having it replaced.

How Much Insulation Do You Have?

If your home was built during a time when it was believed that the more insulation you had, the better protect your home was, it's time to schedule an insulation inspection. While it is important to have the proper amount of insulation, too much can be a bad thing. You see, in addition to insulation, your home also needs adequate air circulation. If there's too much insulation packed into your attic, the air won't be able to circulate properly, which will undermine the effectiveness of your insulation. Take a look in your attic. If it looks like the insulation is packed too tightly, you should have an insulation technician come out and conduct an inspection.

Is It Showing Signs of Damage?

If you haven't inspected your insulation in a while, it's a good idea to take care of that right now. This is particularly important if you've had a problem with pests recently. Pests can do considerable damage to insulation. In fact, pests like raccoon's, squirrels, and even rats can tear up the insulation while making their nests. Once insulation has been damaged, it can't protect your home properly. If your insulation has fallen victim to pest damage, it's time to have it replaced.

How Are Your Utility Bills?

When it comes to insulation, utility bills can be a good indication of how well it's doing its job. If your utility bills are staying pretty stable, your insulation is probably still in good condition. However, if your utility bills seem to be escalating each month, in spite of your cutbacks in energy usage, you need to schedule an energy audit. It might be time to upgrade your insulation.

Contact an insulation technician for more help.