Measuring Insulation with R-Value
How well does your home retain energy?
From R-ratings to R-Values, a letter of concern
You know that movies can have R ratings. But did you know that your home can as well? Not only that, but both R-values signal caution about things heat up!
In the case of your home, the R-value is a matter of great concern to guard against obscene utility bills. Let's learn more about it to keep costs family friendly.
What is an R-value?
Whereas the cinematic R measures the decency of content, the R-value of insulation material measures its decency of thermal heat transfer. The better a material resists the transfer of heat, the higher its R-value.
For example, insulation with a good R-value will keep heat inside during the winter and keep things cool during the summer.
Factors That Determine R-value
Your insulation's R-value is a function of several physical variables. These include:
- The material from which the insulation was made
- The temperature of where you live
- Where the material is along the course of its lifespan
- How much moisture it has accumulated.
Another important variable is the quality with which its installation was carried out.
Even if you have a premium-grade insulation material applied to your house, if it's incorrectly or sloppily installed, you won't be able to fully reap its benefits.
This is why it's important to designate the task of installing your home’s insulation to an experienced, reputable, top-tier insulation company such as Neeeco!
How Can I Increase my Home's R-Value?
There are several ways to increase the R-Value of your house. The first - and most intuitive - of these is to increase the thickness of your home's insulation. As a general rule, your R-value will increase proportionately to the amount of insulation you've installed. After all, the more barriers to escape that renegade heat encounters, the less likely it will be to able to take flight.
One exception to this rule, however, occurs in the case of loose-fill insulation: As the thickness of installed loose-fill insulation goes up, its settled density increases as well due to the material being compressed under its own weight. As a result of this compression, the R-Value of loose-fill insulation does not always match its changes in thickness.
How effective the insulation material you use is also varies based upon where and how it is installed. For example, material that is compressed will not render its maximum potential R-Value. Similarly, insulation placed on a wall or ceiling will provide a different level of effectiveness than material placed near joists, studs, and other building materials as these materials conduct heat more easily due to a phenomenon known as “Thermal Bridging.”
Additionally, insulation run through building cavities can diminish the airflow through them and bring down levels of convective heat loss.
With the help of one of Neeeco's expert insulation contractors, you can discover exactly how much loose-fill insulation is necessary to get your house to an optimal R-value for containing energy--and costs!
Losing Heat is Burning Money
Take a look at how much energy leaks from your home at the main sources of escape:
As climatized air escapes through the points of deficiency in your house's insulation, it takes with it very real dollars and cents. The reason behind this is that failure to retain energy results in your heating and cooling systems having to work significantly harder to maintain the desired climatic conditions of your living space.
While you could reduce your utility bills by resigning yourself and your family to miserable, survivalist conditions inside of the house throughout the winter and summer months, there is a better, simpler solution: insulation.
This winter, the state forecasts cost increases ranging between 12-17% for oil and gas heating. By bolstering the R-Value of your house, you can offset some of these increases by reducing the energy needed to heat the home.
The easiest way to lower your utility costs is to have your home adequately insulated. As a bonus, reducing the need for energy also reduces the strain on your heating and cooling systems, thus extending their lifespan.
In the long term, less strain on your heating and cooling systems will not only save you money on utility bills, but also spare you the inconvenience of having to repair or replace them.
What Type of Insulation Should I use to Raise my R-Value?
Call Neeeco today to consult with an efficiency expert who can help you decide which plan of action works best for your home!
The Bottom Line
As R-Values go up, your costs go down! The time to prepare your home to handle the ravages of the winter is now: Insulate before it's too late!
Call Neeeco today for a free quote, and join the thousands of satisfied customers in the Bay State who have regained control over their heating and cooling costs!
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