As a homeowner, you might have heard people mentioning “R value“. Some of them. might have asked you: does your house have R-Value? A question you couldn’t answer as you didn’t know R value is. Or how it will help your house. You told yourself that you’ll only answer them once you have conducted your own research about R-Value. Lo and behold, your research has landed you on this article. Before you can delve deep into the importance of having R-Value, perhaps let’s start with defining R-Value:
What Is an R Value?
R-value can be defined as the process of adding measurement of an insulating material thermal resistance on your roof, or walls. Put differently, it the ability to reduce heat flow that normally comes through your roof, walls, etc. How successful R-Value is in reducing the heat largely depends on the type of material that you use in insulation your house.
So, what R-value does is control the heat that filters in and outside your house. What normally happens during hot weather is the heat and moisture envelopes your home and keeps that heat inside for a longer period of time, then radiation begins to kick in. Most old U.S. houses were built with 3×4 walls and filled with R-13 insulation. On the other hand, the newly built houses tend to have a standard of 2×6 walls with R-19 insulation.
Where Do You Begin Insulating Your Home?
There are different ways that you can use to insulate your old house. However, before you spend your money on insulating your house, first confirm whether or not your house is insulated. If it’s not, establish which type of insulation will be affordable to you. If you are not sure how to do this you might need to consider hiring a specialist to assist you.
Types of insulation
Some of the insulation types you should consider include, fiberglass batting, paper fiber, and foam boards. Each material is different in quality and price. Always aim for high-quality material that will last longer.
Select the insulation
Once you are certain what kind of insulation your home will need, then select suitable insulation for your house. This would be the best way to enhance the R-value and preserve energy.
The best insulation for your house
You should consider one of the below insulation processes for your house:
- Batt and Rigid Insulation
This type of insulation is ideal when you want to restore insulation. For example, when you bought a house that was previously insulated but the insulation is now beginning to wear off.
- Rigid Insulation
You can use this type of insulation on your exterior walls or your foundation.
- Loose Fill
If you bought one of those 20th-century mansions, then you might consider loose-fill or recycled newspaper. One of the advantages of loose fill is that it can be fitted on any roof. Also, it can provide excellent insulation for your old house.
If you don’t want to make any mistakes, it is always advisable to hire someone who has done R value before. Look for a specialist who has rave reviews and find out how they can help your business. The sooner you do, the better for your house.