Freezing can be a problem with furnace insulation, especially during the winter months. Most homeowners are familiar with freezing pipes in the furnace that release liquid into the air because of the malfunctioning of the vent system. In some cases, water can seep into your home and get trapped in the cracks of your home insulation.
You may not have noticed the water but you are probably aware of the effect that it has on your home insulation system. The buildup of moisture on the walls and ceiling of your home and the higher temperatures that you have experienced this winter can cause the moisture to increase the walls’ ability to absorb heat. As this moisture expands, it can compress your insulation. This can create a vacuum effect where the insulation becomes unusable. The condensation from the faulty vent system causes water to form at the point where the ceiling meets the wall. This water will continue to expand as the winter progresses and will eventually ruin your home insulation system.
You may not be able to see the damage as it develops but it is happening very slowly. Eventually the ceiling, wall and any cracks will appear. Repairing the damaged insulation can take a few weeks or even months. So if you notice condensation over the end of your chimney or the inside of your home, it is imperative that you call a professional. Vacuum and repair the damage before it has time to affect your heating and cooling equipment. Your furnace, air conditioner and central heating system will not function as efficiently when they have exposed insulation that cannot absorb the moisture. If the homeowner neglects the condition of their home insulation system, their home will lose both its functionality and value.