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Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 by Avery Neims
If you are looking to insulate your Basement, Attic, or Crawlspace you have come to the right place. Here, we will address the ins and outs of insulation and answer some common questions as well! We’ll discuss exactly what insulation is and how it works to protect your home and keep you comfortable all year round.
If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at CleanSpace Northwest by calling 1-877-698-0260. Let’s get started.
Essentially, insulation is ANY material used to fill the spaces (when we say space, we mean space, for example, little gaps, crevices, hard-to-reach places behind walls, above ceilings, and more.) of your home to reduce heat flow by reflection and/or absorption.
A common question we get is “Why is there glass in insulation?”
The reason that there is glass in a lot of insulation is that it is a horrible conductor of heat. In other words, it doesn’t transfer heat well. Without getting too much into the science of conduction the glass basically has an unstructured form and makes it difficult to conduct heat. For a quick summary of the explanation click here.
Thermal insulation increases energy efficiency and comfort levels. Thermal insulation is defined as products that reduce and slow heat loss or gain by providing a barrier between areas that are significantly different in temperature. There are many forms of thermal insulation, such as fiberglass and cellulose that also provide soundproofing to a limited extent.
Did you know that heat flows naturally from warmer areas to cooler ones? This is great for us in houses because during the winter it should go into the cold spaces, right? Wrong, during the winter, heat moves directly from warm spaces (such as your home!) to outdoors and unheated spaces.
If it is hot outside, then the heat moves from the warm outdoors to the cooler interior of your home. Which you know when it’s hot outside the only thing you love more than it is hot outside is that it is even hotter inside (sarcasm included).
Insulation works by slowing the flow of heat from a hot space to a cool space, in other words, they are really big speed bumps for heat. Insulation helps increase the energy efficiency of your home by reducing the amount of heat that escapes from it in the winter (containing the heat and keeping the house warm) and keeping it from getting too warm in the summer months (retaining the cold air and keeping the interior comfortable).
When installed properly, insulation can increase the comfort levels of your home by maintaining a consistent, uniform temperature from room to room. Insulation will also increase your home’s energy efficiency, significantly lowering heating and cooling bills.
There are several types of thermal insulation, including:
Our certified specialists will be able to diagnose what is best for your space.
Many types of insulation—fiberglass, cellulose and foam board—absorb heat. They stop heat flow known as conduction. Radiant barriers reflect heat from the sun and are installed in attics to keep homes cool and comfortable (not to mention a large amount of money you save in energy bills). As its name suggests, radiant barrier insulation stops radiant heat transfer.
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CleanSpace Northwest is one of the leaders in the Basement & Crawl Space Companies in Washington State. Located in Bremerton Washington, our team is full of certified specialists in Crawlspace & Basement Repairs. No matter your needs, you can trust CleanSpace NorthWest to provide you with the most advanced, customized solutions, for Crawl Space Repair, Basement Waterproofing, Flood Vents, Sump Pumps, Basement Finishing, insulation, and much more!
Whether you want to learn more about what insulation, crawlspace, or basement repair or if you need to hire a local company in Washington State feel free to call us at 1-877-698-0260.