The Attic is the hottest area of your home in the summer and the coldest part in the winter. Insulating your attic properly can reduce heat loss through your attic by 75-80%.
Heat tends to flow from higher temperatures to lower temperature zones by conduction, convection and radiation.
Conduction is the transfer of heat through a solid material, such as heat being transferred from warmer sections of walls and ceilings to cooler areas.
Convection is the transfer of heat by moving air, like warm air rising to the ceiling.
Radiation is the transfer of heat in the form of electromagnetic waves, such as heat being transferred from the roof of a home to the ceiling.
The rate of heat flow by any of these three forms is determined by the temperature difference between the two zones or areas considered. The greater the temperature difference, the faster the rate of heat flow. For optimal energy efficiency, your home should be properly insulated from the roof down to its foundation.
In addition to insulation, remember to consider moisture and air leakage control in each area of your house. If radon is an issue where you live, you’ll also need to consider radon and radon-resistant construction techniques as you research foundation insulation options.
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When you alleviate heat loss and heat gain issues you save on energy. At the same token, while you prevent condensation, you prevent damage and health risks like mold; as a result you save on unnecessary renovations and live in a healthier home environment.