Rising energy costs and conerns over climate change have ushered in a new era of awareness for the need to conserve energy. While this focus on energy conservation is welcome, homeowners are bombarded with marketing pitches for a wide variety of home energy improvements and “green” products.
One simple fact rises above the confusion—nothing is more important for reducing energy consumption, lowering utility bills and mimizing the environmental impact of a home than proper insulation. It’s a concept that has been around since the eary days of home building and over the years products like cellulose insulation have improved and evolved to deliver a wide variety of benefits to homeowners. Here are some important facts on how insulation works and the added benefits it offers when a home is properly sealed and insulated.
A well-insulated home helps keep temperatures inside the home stable as exterior temperature fluctuates throughout the day and the year. When a house is properly insulated it keeps the temperature inside, whether hotter or colder, constant by controlling four key factors that cause heat transfer. Heat moves into, out of and through a home in four ways: by conduction (which R-Value measures), and by convection, radiation and air infiltration (none of which are measurable by R-Values).
A superior insulation system will have a high R-Value (prevent heat transfer via conduction), will be pneumatically or spray applied to fully fill the building cavity (preventing heat loss via convection), and will be densely packed (preventing heat loss via air infiltration and radiation). Cellulose insulation meets all four of these critical performance criteria!
By comparison, the most widely used insulation material, conventional fiberglass batts, really only helps prevent conduction. Although this is important, it fails to fully provide for the other three important insulation factors of convection, radiation and air infiltration.
When a product like cellulose insulation is property installed by a specially trained professional, all four factors that control heat transfer are maximized resulting in better energy efficiency and a more comfortable living environment.
Insulating a home improves the quality of life for its homeowners. Properly insulated homes are warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. In addition, insulating attics, exterior walls and interior walls between rooms provides better Sound Control to make the living environment event better for homeowners.