What the R Value Means for Your Home

energy saving insulation

The best heating and cooling systems on the market may be less than efficient if the home they’re installed in is not properly insulated. Age and design play a large role in determining how your insulation needs may vary from those of a friend’s home or even a neighboring home. To add to the confusion, different areas such as your roof, attic, basement, floors, or walls may also have different recommendations for energy saving insulation. Having a better understanding of what exactly an R-value means can help reduce this confusion.

The R-Value Factor

There are many types of insulation available on the market. They are made of different types of material, including fiberglass and paper fiber and they either may come in batted rolls or may be blown into the space to be insulated. What is common to all types of insulation is the R-value.

Examples of R-Value Measurement

The R-value measures the amount of thermal resistance – the ability for heat to transfer, or go through, one side of an object to the other side. For example, the industry has set a benchmark that gives an inch thick piece of solid wood an R-value of 1. An R-value of 3.14 is given to a standard piece of one-inch thick fiberglass insulation. However, when determining your insulation needs, more factors go into figuring our your R-value recommendation that go further than the value that is given to the insulation of your choice.

One Size Does Not Fit All

There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to determining the amount needed for energy saving insulation for your home. Multiple factors need to be used in calculating your ideal R-value, including:

  • Climate where your home is located
  • How your home is built, R-value of sheathing, siding, etc.
  • Type of heating system used

To start, a home located in the northern part of the country is going to require a higher R-value to insulate it properly than one located in the Florence-Muscle Shoals area. Regardless of location, an older home may require more insulation than a newer home because newer homes are often more energy efficient to begin with.

The insulation experts at Yellowhammer Roofing are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding energy saving insulation for your Florence-Muscle Shoals home.

Give our team a call for help with your insulation needs today!

Energy Saving Insulation