How Does Home Insulation Work?
April 26, 2014
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Heating and cooling accounts for about 50 to 70% of the energy consumption in a typical American home – a huge piece of the pie, if you ask most experts. However, with adequate home insulation, heating and cooling bills can be slashed greatly.
Home insulation works by using resistant or absorptive materials that retard or prevent the passage of heat, cold, or sound (the first two being the most common reasons). It basically makes any home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
How does this work? The process works by using still air (considered a poor heat conductor). When trapped in a hollow area, it acts as an insulator. But contrary to popular belief, insulation isn’t used to keep cold from entering an area – it only retards the flow of heat. Know that all substances contain some heat, which flow only from a warmer body to a cooler body. Insulation delays this process by utilizing materials like mineral wool, fiberglass, asbestos, wood, concrete, and other accepted supplies.
Adequate home insulation comes with benefits like improved comfort, a healthier home environment, and a lifetime of energy savings (yes, you read that right). Insulating a home can cut heating and cooling costs by over 40%, because appliances don’t need to work themselves extra to cool or heat the house’s interior.
If you’re keen enough on easing the burden of your energy bills, do yourself and your family a favor by having your home insulated today.