You can use insulation to help reduce your heating bill, save money, or even protect your home from a fire.
Here’s how to decide which insulation material is right for your home.1.
Insulation material’s thicknessThe thickness of insulation material matters because it affects how it’ll hold up over time.
Insulating material should be thin enough to be easily cut, but thick enough to withstand a lot of wear and tear.
For example, insulation that’s only 1/2 inch thick won’t last long in the furnace, and 1/8 inch thick insulation can cause problems with the insulation lining the wall.
Insulation materials that are thicker will absorb heat better, and will last longer.
The more insulation material you use, the longer you can keep your home cool and insulated.
Insulations can also last longer in the house if the insulation is removed during a fire, such as during a winter storm.2.
Insulator’s temperature ratingInsulation rated insulation will give you the best chance of keeping your home cooler, and it can also keep your house insulated longer if you apply the proper amount of heat, according to the National Insulation Association.
The insulation rating depends on the type of insulation used and the type and size of fire or smoke source, according the National Association of Home Builders.3.
Insulated material’s thermal conductivityInsulating materials are the best insulators for your house because they absorb heat more efficiently than insulating materials with a lower thermal conductive rating, such a fiberglass, aluminum, or wood, according NAAHB.
These materials have the ability to absorb heat faster and more efficiently, so they’ll last longer, according its website.
The best insulation rated for your building is rated at about 20-25 percent thermal conductance, which is what the NAAB says is the minimum amount of thermal conductic material that a building can absorb without overheating.
Insulators with a higher thermal conductors rating, or higher, can absorb more heat, and this will help them last longer if a fire or a fire source occurs.4.
Insulate’s moisture contentInsulation will absorb moisture, and when moisture is present in a building, it’s best to allow enough to evaporate before placing the insulation.
In addition to the amount of moisture that will evaporate, it will also evaporate in an atmosphere with less humidity, according Cushman & Murray.
Insulating products that are more resistant to moisture loss and are more water resistant, such, polyester insulation, can also be more effective.
The moisture content of insulation products is measured in millibitres per cubic metre (MBC), or millibars per cubic foot (MBA).
The MBC of an insulating material is the amount that’s able to absorb water without it condensing and dripping out of the insulation, which allows it to stay cool longer.
Insulate products that don’t absorb moisture are called “wet” insulators.
These products can be dry or wet, depending on the insulation product, and can absorb water as well.
Wet insulators are the most common type of insulator used in residential buildings.
Dry insulators have a lower moisture content and can last longer than dry insulators, but will lose heat faster if they catch fire, according NFPA.