Insulation: Why It Pays To Know Your True Value

One of the primary causes of energy wastage in homes is a lack of proper insulation. Here in the greater Cleveland area, most buildings have some form of insulation built in, but is it enough? A measure known as R-value can help you figure that out.

Insulation: Why It Pays To Know Your True Value Western ClevelandInsulating materials work by inhibiting the transfer of heat from one location to another. In the summer, it helps keep cool air inside your home by resisting hot air from the outdoors, but in the winter, the opposite is true. Thus, you stand to lose money on energy inefficiency year-round if you don’t have the right insulation, or enough of it. How effective a given piece of insulation is at impeding heat transfer is expressed by its R-value; the higher a material’s R-value, the better its insulating properties.

R-value tables are used to determine how much insulation your home needs; these tables divide the continental United States into numerous climate zones. For our zone here in the Cleveland area, these are the recommended R-values for the various parts of your home, if your home uses natural gas, oil heating or a heat pump:

  • Attics: R-49
  • Cathedral ceilings: R-38
  • Walls: R-18
  • Floors: R-25
  • Crawlspaces: R-19
  • Slab edges: R-8
  • Basement interiors: R-11
  • Basement exteriors: R-10

These values are slightly different if your home is heated by an electric furnace:

  • Attics: R-49
  • Cathedral ceilings: R-38
  • Walls: R-22
  • Floors: R-25
  • Crawlspaces: R-19
  • Slab edges: R-8
  • Basement interiors: R-19
  • Basement exteriors: R-15

Properly insulating your home also helps you get the most out of your home heating and cooling equipment, as you won’t have to work it as hard to achieve the desired level of indoor comfort. This leads to less overall wear on your system and a diminished carbon footprint.

If you have any questions about how to properly insulate your home, or if you’d like further suggestions on HVAC-related ways to reduce household energy consumption, contact usat Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We have been providing residents of the Greater Cleveland area with expert service for over 75 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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