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What is an R Value and What Does it Mean for Your Home

When you think of the most important parts of your home, what comes to mind? Many people may think of flooring, doors, or windows. There are many vital parts of turning a house into a home. However, the majority of homeowners give little thought to the insulation that lines various parts of their house. Perhaps an unsung hero of the building industry, insulation serves the vital function of regulating your home's temperature and protecting it from the outside elements. Insulation is measured in a numeric R value. What is an R Value?  Insulation is measured by a number referred to as an R value. The R value of insulation measures its thermal resistance. This means that the R value refers to the ability of the insulation to transfer heat from one area to another. In general, the higher the R value of a type of insulation, the better it is at...
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Understanding and Preventing Thermal Bridging

When it comes to energy efficiency, many homeowners are aware that it's important but are not experts on the ways to keep energy costs under control. If you see your heating bill increase, you will notice, but you may be less certain about what to do to mitigate the problem. Is your insulation insufficient? Should you replace your windows or doors? Is the issue an outdated and inefficient furnace? It might surprise you to hear that the culprit in many homes is a rarely discussed principle called thermal bridging. What is Thermal Bridging? In the simplest terms, thermal bridging is when there is a gap in the R-value of your home - an area where heat and cold more easily penetrate your home's envelope. If you stripped your house down to the studs, it would be relatively easy to see how this happens. When you frame a building using traditional methods,...
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