Insulation in your home provides resistance to heat flow and lowers your heating and cooling costs. Properly insulating your home not only reduces heating and cooling costs, but also improves comfort.
How Insulation Works
To understand how insulation works it helps to understand heat flow, which involves three basic mechanisms — conduction, convection, and radiation. Conduction is the way heat moves through materials, such as when a spoon placed in a hot cup of coffee conducts heat through its handle to your hand. Convection is the way heat circulates through liquids and gases, and is why lighter, warmer air rises, and cooler, denser air sinks in your home. Radiant heat travels in a straight line and heats anything solid in its path that absorbs its energy.
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Wall insulation slows down the flow of heat that travels out of your home during the winter and into your home during the summer. With proper insulation, you can reduce the need for your heating and cooling system and save big on your monthly energy bills.
How can you check your current wall insulation?
Before you begin to improve your wall insulation, you have to figure out what kind, if any, you already have. To do this, pick a wall near an unheated space such as a garage or basement. Turn off your power and remove an electric outlet cover on one of these walls. Using a flashlight, peek into the wall through the cracks around the outlet box. Even though this is a small space, you should be able to see insulation if there is any. Try to pull a tiny piece out so you can determine what type and thickness it is. Remember, just because you have insulation in the first wall you check does not mean that all walls in the house are insulated, so it’s important to check multiple walls.