Attic Insulation: The Key to Lower Energy Bills
Enjoy Greater Energy-Savings with Proper Insulation
Many Harrisburg homeowners consider insulation to be one of the greatest energy-saving fixtures in their homes and they are not incorrect. However, they may not realize that there are more than one type of insulation and the type you choose to equip your home with does make a huge difference. The reason the insulation type matters so much is because there are three different types of heat transfer that affect homes and the different types of heat transfer call for different types of insulation. The three heat transfers homeowners have to worry about are conductive, convective, and radiation. Fortunately, Your Remodeling Guys carries insulations to protect against each type so regardless of your home’s need, we have the energy-saving solution.
Heat Transfers & How to Fight Them
- Conduction: This is the process in which heat is transferred from one physical body to another through touch. An example of this is when a kettle is heated over a stove burner. The burner is the source of heat with which the kettle comes into direct physical contact. The heat transfers to the kettle and heats the entire surface area. As far as insulation goes, fiberglass is a great protector from conduction and is one of the most commonly used insulation types.
- Convection: This process of heat transfer takes place in fluids and can commonly be seen in a pot of boiling water. The fluid that is closest to the heat source becomes heated and rises to displace the cooled fluid and push it down toward the heat source. This cyclical process continues until the source of heat is lost. This type of heat transfer occurs through the air, which makes it pertinent to homeowners. Insulating foam board is commonly used to protect against this form of heat transfer.
- Radiation: This form of heat transfer is also known as radiant heat transfer. It takes place through the electromagnetic spectrum and travels through space without heating the air around it. The radiant heat is actually transferred only to physical bodies such as roofs, windows, people, etc. Once an object absorbs radiant heat, it then reemits to another object through radiation or another form of heat transfer. Reflective foil insulation, or radiant barrier is the best for protection against radiation due to its high reflective qualities and low emissivity.
Choosing the Proper Attic Insulation
At Your Remodeling Guys, we have a variety of attic insulations from which you can choose. These include blown-in cellulose, fiberglass, air-sealing foam, and eShield’s radiant barrier. Each of these insulations are targeted toward a specific form of heat transfer so it’s important to know which one your home needs the most. Our insulation experts will perform a 12-point visual inspection to help you determine what your insulation needs are. From there, you can make an educated decision on which of our insulation packages works for your Harrisburg home. Find out more about our insulation options by contacting us and scheduling your free consultation.