House wrapped in a scarfWhat’s this “R” thing all about when it comes to insulation? The “R” in R-value measures an insulation product’s resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater resistance to heat flow and better thermal performance of the insulation.

R-value is important in determining how much insulation is needed in each area of your home. Depending on the area of your home you’re insulating (walls, crawl space, attic, etc.), different R-values are necessary.

R-value isn’t the only important factor when it comes to heat loss. In addition to R-value it’s important to reduce air that escapes through penetration points around your home. Conditioned air that you have paid to heat or cool can escape from your home through areas such as under your bathtub where a plumber cut a large hole for the pipes, where wood floor trusses rest on the concrete blocks of your foundation and around recessed lighting.

If losing conditioned air isn’t bad enough, the escaped air is replaced by unconditioned air from the outside of your house. That means more work for your air conditioner or furnace to bring your house back to your desired temperature.

If you’re looking to increase your home’s R-value and control air leaks, contact us now! Our team can help.