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How Does Insulation Work?

It’s important to ensure that your home is properly insulated because frankly heat will do what it wants, and try to escape any way it can. It will flow into a cold attic, garage, or cellar the first chance it gets, and if it can get out of the house through the walls or the roof, it will absolutely try to. Heat in your home is essentially a child that wants to play outside, and heat certainly doesn’t care how much it costs to generate – it just wants to escape!

Insulation doesn’t generate heat in an area, instead it is designed to slow down the movement of heat through different materials. Without going too deep into the science of “why” heat will always move from a warm area to a cold one, the fact is it will until the temperature in the two places is the same. So, when you add insulation in your home it works to prevent the heat moving into the cold.

In cold winter weather this means that heat from your home will try to move outside to where it is cold, and in warm summer weather it actually means that heat from outside will try to get in and warm your home up.

In its most basic way proper insulation works by trapping air in the fibres of the material you use for insulating, and slow this process down, helping to keep your home warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.

Regardless of the kind of insulation you have in your home, whether it’s cavity wall insulation, spray foam insulation, or something as simple as underlay under your carpets – it all works on the same principle. The principle is to slow or stop the transfer of heat from the warm area to the cold.

The different types of home insulation that we have available to choose from today are all designed to fill a certain gap in the insulation needs of your home, whether that’s insulating the loft, so the heat doesn’t escape through the ceiling, insulating your walls so it doesn’t escape through them, or even something as simple as insulating the carpet so that heat doesn’t seep through the floors. Every type of home insulation will only add to the R Value of your home, and increase your energy efficiency, and hopefully reduce your energy bills!

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