How R-Value Contributes to Energy Efficiency
Posted in Attic Insulation, on January 15, 2021
Without getting too complicated, R-Value measures how well an insulation product prevents “heat flow”. In winter and summer, insulation should be reducing “heat flow” – so a high R-Value will provide more resistance to “heat flow”.
While insulation products have an advertised R-Value, there are other dynamics that affect the thermal performance of the insulation material. For example, in the attic space, air leakage and ventilation affect overall performance.
However, it’s only with a professional installation that maximum performance and energy efficiency can be achieved.
How R-Values Affect Home Energy Efficiency
Because high R-Values provide better thermal insulation, the result is better energy efficiency. It means that winter heating and summer air conditioning aren’t escaping, and the HVAC system isn’t working overtime to provide indoor comfort. The bottom line – less energy is consumed in winter and summer, while and utility bills are measurably reduced.
In the attic, when insulation is upgraded with a product like spray foam insulation, R-Values are significantly enhanced. There is minimal heat loss in winter and minimal heat intrusion in the summer. As such, energy consumption is reduced and energy efficiency is enhanced. For the average homeowner, the annual utility savings can be substantial.
Improving the Insulation R-Value is Important
Upgrading insulation R-Value, especially in the attic and roof cavity, makes a huge difference in home comfort and energy efficiency. In fact, when upgrading to a high-quality product, the overall benefits (and even the extra costs) make for a worthwhile long-term investment. When energy efficiency is maximized, the annual savings on utilities can often offset the original investment.
Spray Foam Insulation Will Improve R-Values
Clearly, a high R-Value rating is a preferable choice when upgrading home insulation. In short, improving R-Values in any home will greatly improve energy efficiency. As for spray foam, it’s considered to be the most energy-efficient insulation product available. It seals and insulates better than any comparable product and creates the most effective “continuous” envelope.
Choosing a Professional For Home Insulation
Choosing a professional contractor to recommend and install insulation ensures quality results. Customers are assured that everything is installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications and all installation work is to code. With a professional install, product and installation will both be guaranteed. Best of all, a professional installation will deliver much better results than a DIY job.
Contact Four Seasons Insulation for Attic Insulation in Mississauga
For homeowners currently installing attic insulation, the experts at Four Seasons Insulation can provide high-quality products, along with superior workmanship. We will recommend the right product for the job, and recommend repairs and retrofits to deliver maximum energy efficiency.
Beyond Mississauga, Four Seasons Insulation also services customers in Brampton, Vaughan, and Toronto. To learn more about our services, call one of our home insulation experts at 416-727-4181 or visit us online and request a price quote.