How Insulation Works
Why insulation is necessary for comfort and energy efficiency in Mercer, Ocean, Monmouth, Somerset, & Middlesex County
Blown-in cellulose insulation provides the necessary R-value to increase home comfort and efficiency.
Understanding how insulation works is important when deciding how to best enhance home energy efficiency and comfort. Every home is unique but Cowleys Pest Services can help assess yours to understand which insulation solutions would deliver the best results.
Cowleys Pest Services provides superior attic insulation and cellulose insulation services that are designed to deliver maximum energy efficiency, cut utility costs, and create a healthier, happier home. Call 1-855-239-9059 or click below to get a free estimate on our attic solutions in Edison, Somerset, Lakewood and nearby.
The impact insulation has on homes
Insulation limits heat transfer, meaning it prevents heat from escaping during the winter and prevents humidity from entering the home during the summer. Knowing how insulation works means you can also understand how its low-performance can contribute to poor home energy efficiency. Here are some common insulation issues:
- Voids: Voids are areas of missing insulation. These can happen as a product of improper installation or be required by code. For example, an insulation void is required around a recessed "can" light that is not rated for insulation contact. Whatever the reason, insulation voids allow heat transfer by convection and radiation. Research has shown that just a 4% void in fiberglass batt insulation can result in a 50% reduction in insulation effectiveness.
- Compression: Compression happens when fiberglass batt insulation is pushed down, which eliminates many of the tiny trapped air pockets that provide insulation value.
- Air movement: Air passing through insulation diminishes insulation effectiveness because it deposits dirt in the air pockets of the insulation, reducing its ability to resist convective heat loss. To effectively slow heat transfer, the air pockets in insulation must be clean.
- Moisture: When insulation is exposed to moisture, R-value is decreased because the air pockets that are supposed to provide resistance to heat transfer are now filled with water!
Choosing the right R-value
R-value is the standard measure for insulation that indicates its resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the better its resistance to heat flow and greater insulating value. R-value can be described as both R-value per inch and total R-value.
The Department of Energy recommends R-38 and R-49 attic insulation, depending on your climate. Attic Systems' blown-in cellulose provides suitable R-value and maximizes home energy performance.
Choosing the right insulation for your home
Improve your home's energy efficiency, cut utility costs, and maximize home comfort with the local attic insulation experts at Cowleys Pest Services. We can help identify the perfect solutions for your home and provide quality attic insulation services.
Call us today at 1-855-239-9059 or contact us online to get a free estimate on any of our services in Edison, Somerset, Lakewood, Toms River, Brick, Bridgewater, Piscataway, Old Bridge, Middletown, Princeton Junction and throughout the surrounding areas.