Attic Insulation vs. The Many Forms of Heat Transfer
Know What Threatens Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
The biggest energy thief in the world is heat transfer, which is a scientific process that drastically reduces the energy efficiency of your Little Rock home. Despite how impactful heat transfer is with regards to the energy efficiency of your home, many don’t know much about it. Unfortunately, typical remodelers and contractors are guilty of not divulging the true cause of a home’s lackluster energy performance. The experts at Community Builders of Little Rock aren’t your typical remodelers and are more than happy to inform homeowners of how their homes are negatively impacted by heat transfer. We do this because we want you to be able to make a well-informed decision of how to combat it. This is just one of the reasons why we’ve become such a trusted source for home remodeling.
The Big Three of Heat Transference:
- Conduction: This form of heat transfer is the one most commonly understood. Conductive heat transfer occurs through direct physical contact between two objects. An example of this is heating a pan on the stove. The burner’s heat is transferred to the pan via physical contact. Fiberglass insulation is the standard insulation for most homes and it combats conduction by trapping the heat in the microfibers to slow the process of transference.
- Convection: When heat is transferred through a fluid or gas, it’s known as convection. A simple explanation of this is that the particles in fluids or gases that hold less heat energy are replaced by those containing more heat. Boiling water or heating the air with a radiator are common examples of convection. Insulating foam board is commonly used to block convection.
- Radiation: Heat radiating through space via infrared rays is known as radiant heat (aka radiation). Radiant heat travels through space through but only heats physical objects with which it comes into contact. The heat you feel from the sun is radiant heat that’s transferred through space. Reducing radiation can only be done with radiant barrier insulation, also known as reflective foil.
Is One Better to Have than the Others?
The first step in optimizing your Little Rock home’s energy usage is knowing the enemy. Now that you do, determining which insulation you need is next. In short, radiant barrier is the insulation that can do the most for your home since it protects against the most efficient form of heat transfer. Unfortunately, most homeowners do use reflective foil, which means they are losing out on significant energy savings. Fortunately, Community Builders of Little Rock, is here to help with our Green Energy Barrier®. Our attic insulation solution will keep your home protected from the sun’s radiant heat. Just contact us to schedule a free consultation about our reflective foil insulation.