Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘R-value’

How is the Efficiency of Insulation Rated?

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Insulation plays a vital part in keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer: augmenting an HVAC system and helping it run more efficiently. Insulation comes in many forms, from fiberglass to foam board to reflective metal. It can be difficult to determine which one is right for your Melbourne, FL home, and how much you need once you’ve selected a given type. The insulation’s efficiency is very important, determining exactly how much you need of any given type. How is the efficiency of insulation rated? Read on for the answers.

All types of insulation are assigned an “R-value,” which measures the amount of heat resistance the material in question features. The higher the rating, the greater the heat resistance and the more slowly heat escapes through the insulation. According to the Department of Energy, an uninsulated attic in our part of the country needs insulation with a value between R30 and R60 in order to provide reliable comfort for your home. Insulation in floors and walls can be a little lower, ranging from R13 to R19. A trained heating professional can advise you on the types of insulation available and how much you’ll need of the particular material you have selected.

Beyond the insulation itself, however, you need to make sure it’s installed correctly. Improperly installed insulation will remove a great deal of efficiency from it, with gaps and inconsistent patches robbing your home of heat. In order to get maximum efficiency out of your insulation, make sure you have a properly qualified technician to help out.

That’s where we come in. At Next Generation Air & Heat Inc., our trained staff can explain how the efficiency of insulation is rated, then help you select the right kind and install it right the first time, every time. We cover the whole of Melbourne, FL, insulation issues are one of our specialties, and we are dedicated to your complete satisfaction. Pick up the phone and give us a call today.

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Home Insulation Guide: Year Round Benefits of Insulation

Monday, October 1st, 2012

You probably know that insulation is an important part of your Melbourne home’s comfort control system and needs to be properly installed and well maintained not just for the winter and summer but for the entire year to ensure high efficiency from your HVAC system. Here are a few things to consider about insulation and why it is so beneficial at various times throughout the year.

 Increased Heating and Cooling Efficiency

The obvious benefit of having good insulation in your home is that the heating and cooling systems you have will run more efficiently. The higher the R-value of your insulation, the more efficiently it traps and retains heating and cooling in your home to avoid energy loss. It also keeps things like cold air from getting inside.

Reduced Need for HVAC in Spring and Fall

Because good insulation will reduce energy loss, it makes it possible to use your HVAC systems much less in the moderate temperatures of both spring and fall. This is a good thing for those that are comfortable with slightly higher or lower temperatures to save some money on your bills.

 Air Quality Improvement with Proper Supplementation

Good insulation can also improve your air quality by keeping out contaminants from outside. Of course, it needs to be paired with other air quality improving elements like a filtration system.

Good insulation is a must for every modern home. If your home’s current insulation is not sufficient or if you are concerned that it will not be sufficient for long, especially in extreme weather conditions such as those you might face, is never too early to have it inspected or replaced – call Next Generation Air & Heat today! 

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