Somerset, NJ (PressExposure) September 16, 2009 -- Homes require insulation in order to keep you warmer in winter, cooler in summer and to reduce outside noise. Insulation is also environment-friendly as it conserves precious energy while lowering your energy bills.
Insulation installation refers to installation of materials which provide substantial resistance to heat movement. When insulation is present in the walls, ceilings and floors of a building, the inflow and outflow of heat in the buildings are minimized. During the summers, insulation reduces the amount of heat entering through walls and ceilings. As a result, the rooms are cooler. On the other hand, during winters, insulation retains the warmth or heat within the building and consequently, the rooms are warmer.
There are mainly two different ways in which insulation works namely bulk insulation and reflective insulation. Bulk insulation traps pockets of still air within its structure. These air pockets provide the resistance to heat flow. Alternately, reflective insulation works by reflecting large amounts of heat from its polished metallic surface. It works in conjunction with a still air layer for maximum effectiveness.
The performance of an insulator is indicative of its 'R' value. 'R' values refer to the thermal performance; its ability to restrict heat transfer. Components having a higher 'R' value are considered to have greater insulating effect. Fiberglass insulation is not only a cost-effective and energy saving option, but also possesses significantly high overall 'R' values ranging from R-11 to R-38. Additionally, Fiber glass insulation is naturally non-combustible because it is made from sand and recycled glass. The insulation requires no additional fire-retardant chemical treatments.
With increased awareness among people about using environment friendly products and protection of environment against toxic products, fiberglass insulation manufacturers have begun using increasing amounts of recycled materials in their products. In addition to its recycled content, an analysis from a life-cycle perspective reveals that fiber glass demonstrates environmentally beneficial attributes as opposed to other insulation materials like cellulose.
Before choosing the right insulation for your homes or offices, you must take into account the building orientation, window sizes, construction materials and most importantly, the external and internal temperatures. This will help ensure that the insulation is effective, consumes less energy and is environment-friendly.