Common Insulation Questions
The Most Common Insulation Questions Answered
Insulating the home is more than throwing new insulation on top of old insulation. It entails a very specific process, figuring out the areas of heat loss in the home. When we go out to provide homeowners with a free estimate, we tend to get a list of insulation questions. We are here to help you with answering the most common insulation questions. First off, properly insulating your home will provide a wide range of positive benefits. It will help reduce your heating and cooling costs, and also make your home more comfortable. Let’s get into answering all of your insulation questions.
Your Insulation Questions Answered
- How does insulation help reduce heat transfer? Insulation is rated in terms of thermal resistance, called R-Value. R-Value is a way to measure how much insulation needs to be installed. The higher the R-Value, the more resistant the material is to heat transfer for any given thickness. Heat transfer is accomplished by conduction, convection, and radiation. Conduction is the transfer of heat from molecule to molecule, such as in a solid. Convection is the transfer of heat by the movement of a fluid.
- How does installing the insulation affect how it performs? The effectiveness of insulation depends on how and where the insulation is installed. The key to an effective insulation system is to have proper installation of high-quality products. Having an experienced contractor help you will ensure you get the proper working insulation.
- What other things does insulating my home help with? Properly insulating your home will not only help reduce heating and cooling costs, but it will keep your home more comfortable. Working with a professional contractor will help answer the questions of where insulation is needed, the type of insulation to install, and how the insulation will help make your home more effective.
- Where should insulation be installed? Insulation is not just for the attic, there are a wide array of spaces where insulation is needed in the home. The Rim Joist, open walls in the basement, Knee Wall areas, and open exposed ceiling areas.
- What are some insulation options? There are a wide variety of insulation options to choose from, depending on where you are insulating in your home. Cellulose, Spray Foam, and Air Sealing are the three main ones we look to use.