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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 maintaining its thermal functioning. 

Why do R Values Vary by Region?

The recommended R value for a home will vary based on many different factors. One important determining factor in your home's R value is your geographic location. Climate, wind, rainfall, and overall temperature highs and lows will impact the recommended R value for homes in specific areas of the country. The type of heating and cooling system used in your home may also impact the R value of the insulation recommended for you. For these reasons, no two areas will be there same. Additionally, different homes in the same geographic area may have very different R value needs.

What Does Your Home's R Value Mean for You?

The specific R value recommended for your home could be anywhere from 13 to 60. If the insulation you currently have in place throughout your home is not the proper R value for your region, you may notice several different possible consequences. You may find that your home's temperature is difficult to regulate or you may have certain areas of the home that feel drafty. Using insulation that is the wrong R value for your home will lead to an increased energy bill and related expenses that can get out of hand easily.

The best way to create an energy efficient home that enjoys a consistent temperature is to have your insulation evaluated. If changes need to be made to the R value of the insulation in your home, this can have an immediate positive effect on your energy bill. There are many types of insulation available today, from fiberglass to cellulose types. Since each type has their own unique set of benefits, getting a complete insulation inspection can help you get to the bottom of any improvements that need to be made.

Hunterdon Siding and Window has been proudly serving the Lebanon, New Jersey area for a number of years. We pride ourselves on providing top quality remodeling services for your home improvement projects. Whether you're finishing your basement, updating your kitchen, or replacing insulation, we can provide you with remodeling services that will create the beautiful home of your dreams. If you are in need of insulation or have any other home remodeling needs, please contact Hunterdon Siding and Window today for an estimate.

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