What is the benefit of insulation?
Heating and cooling systems consume 50% to 70% of the energy used in the average American home. You will save on your energy costs if you reduce the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling. Insulation helps your home retain heat in cold weather and reject heat in warm seasons.
Doesn’t my house already have insulation?
It probably does not have enough. In much of the housing in America, attic insulation levels are inadequate at best. That is because many homebuilders only offer standard and not optimal levels of attic insulation, in order to maintain competitive selling prices. Older homes are also very likely to have inadequate attic insulation. But even in a newer home, additional attic insulation will save enough money in reduced utility bills to pay for itself, and those savings will, of course, continue year after year. Upgraded attic insulation will also increase the value of your house.
How does insulation work?
Heat flows naturally from a warmer to a cooler space. In cold weather, it flows from heated rooms to the unheated attic, garage or basement, or to the outdoors. In hot weather, heat flows from outside your home to its interior. To maintain comfort, the heat lost in winter must be replaced by your heating system, and the heat gained in summer must be removed by your air conditioner. Insulation resists the flow of heat, preventing unwanted circulation. Thus, in a well-insulated house, rooms stay warmer in winter, cooler in summer, with less energy expenditure.
What are Argon Gas filled Windows?
Argon gas windows are sealed units, filled with gas between the panes of glass. This increases energy efficiency. Argon is an inexpensive, non-toxic, odorless gas that offers increased R-values, can block ultraviolet rays, and increases the soundproofing characteristics of the window.
What is Low-E Coating?
Low E glass, E stands for emissivity, was introduced in 1979. Low E glass works by reflecting heat the same during the winter and summer, using a thin metallic coating on or in the glass. Low-E windows can provide aesthetic value to building occupants, and they will not reduce the amount of light entering the building while maintaining the natural look of windows.