Insulation provides resistance to the flow of heat in your home. Heat flows from a space with warm air to a space with cooler air. When the weather is cold, the heat in your home will try to escape outside, or from heated rooms, through your walls, floors and ceilings, to rooms with little or no heat such as attics and garages. When the weather is hot, the same concept applies in reverse. The heat from outside flows to the cooler air inside.
In order to keep your home comfortable in the winter, you need to replace any heat that is lost with additional heat from your heating unit. Likewise, you need to remove any heat that seeps into your home in the summer with your cooling unit. Installing additional insulation of the correct type can decrease the heat loss or gain and save on your monthly heating and cooling costs.
Before you install additional insulation in your home, there are a number of facts you will need to know.
- The location of the insulation in your home
- The location of any rooms in your home that are not insulated
- The kind of insulation in your home The thickness of the product
- The R-value of the product
The resistance to heat that is provided by a particular insulation product is rated with an R-value. The R-value determination is significantly affected by the thickness of the material. The greater the thickness and resistance to the flow of heat, the higher the R-value.
A number of other factors can affect the R-value:
- The type of material used to manufacture the product
- The process used to install the product.
- The thickness of the material
- The location of the installation
- The number of layers installed
- The adherence to the manufacturer installation guidelines
The professionals at Mathews CCAC Air Conditioning, Heating, Indoor Air Quality, & Insulation will be glad to provide you with their expert advice on R values and insulation. Contact us with all of your heating and cooling questions. We proudly serve the Corpus Christi area.
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