Home Insulation Basics

With the ever-rising cost of energy, good quality insulation methods for residential as well as commercial setups have become indispensable. In this article we’ve included some basic knowledge about home insulation, all the things you need to know before you think about making necessary changes to your space.learn more

How does heat move from one place to another? What is fibre glass insulation?

With the help of fiber glass insulation, you’ll be able to keep your home warm during the winters and cool during the summers. There is a simple principle behind the fibre glass mechanism. Firstly, insulation inhibits the flow of heat and secondly, that heat always flows from a warmer area to a cooler one. This means that the heat in your house (if it’s not insulated) will flow out of your house in winters and into your house in summers. With proper insulation, you’ll be able to reduce the heat flow thereby expending little energy for heating and cooling.

How can one effectively insulate an enclosed space like a home?

Insulation is not only required for outside walls as well as attics but is also required for other areas of the house such as floors, porches, knee walls, vented crawl spaces, basement walls and other unheated spaces. Insulation is especially required for areas like bathrooms and restrooms.

What amount of insulation will you need for your home?

The amount of insulation will generally vary depending on where you live. People living in extreme climates will need more of it than the ones living in places with tropical and extreme climates.

Do you know the fundamentals of R-value?

R-value or ‘Resistance to Heat-Value’ is a unit of measurement of insulation. Insulating power is directly proportional to R-Value.

How to look for the right R-Values while purchasing home insulating materials?

Most manufacturers of such products print R-Values, either along with their label or on their bags. Make suitable choices depending on the climate conditions prevalent in your area. Ideally, you can also consult with your supplier if you aren’t able to make an appropriate choice.

As far as insulating materials are concerned, what all options do you have?

There is a huge variety available in the market these days, some of which are cotton, foam, cellulose, mineral wool and fiber glass. However, the two most popular insulating materials in use today are cellulose and fiber glass. Fiber glass is not only a good heat insulator but is a good sound absorber as well. It’s often used in recording studios for sound isolation.

More about Fiber Glass Material

One good thing about fiber glass material is that they do not settle or deteriorate over time. Fiber glass material, once installed for the purpose of heat isolation will last you a life time. Besides this advantage, fiber glass is resistant to combustion as well. This is one reason that it is preferred over other insulating materials. Most insulating materials lose their power if they absorb moisture. Fiber glass material is non absorbent!