Today we’re giving you the inside scoop on insulation- not just the pink stuff you insulate your home with, but more so the materials that you use when upgrading your home’s energy efficiency. Insulation in your home provides resistance to heat flow and increases your energy savings. Properly insulating your home not only reduces heating and cooling costs, but also improves overall comfort.
First, let’s discuss how insulation works. Heat flow is a big factor when insulating your home, which involves three simple mechanisms: Conduction, Convection, and Radiation. Conduction is the movement of something such as heat or electricity through a medium, for instance using a metal rod to roast marshmallows on an open fire and feeling the heat rise through the rod from the fire to your hand. Convection is the way heat circulates through fluids and is why warmer air rises and cooler air sinks in your home. Whereas radiant heat travels directly to any area transferring energy any solids in its path, the warmth of sunshine being the most commonly used example.
The most common insulation materials work by decelerating conductive and convective heat flow. It is the nature of heat is to flow from warmer to cooler until there is no longer a temperature difference. In your home, this means that heat is moving adjacent to unheated garages, attics, and basements or even just straight to the outdoors. During summer it’s just the opposite to where heat flows from the outdoors directly to the interior of your home.
In building and construction, R-value is extremely important. It’s a measure of how well a two-dimensional barrier, such as a layer of insulation, a window or a complete wall or ceiling, resists the conductive flow of heat. R-values measure the thermal resistance per unit of a barrier’s exposed area. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness.
At True North Remodeling all of our products surpass builder grade materials in that the R-value is significantly higher making your home that much more comfortable no matter the season. Whether you choose to go with Mezzo windows or Prodigy vinyl insulated siding, you’ll be sure to feel a difference in your home as well as pockets. If you’re noticing draftiness or severe temperature changes in your home give us a call at (443) 302-9864 to schedule your free in-home estimate!