What Is Super-Insulation?

December 7, 2015

Look up in the attic. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s super insulation. Warmer than an Alaskan winter, more powerful than a blizzard, able to leap tall white outs in a single bound.

And who is super insulation’s arch villain? The mischievous Winter Solstice, launching his frigid campaign of massive shivering at 11:48 p.m., Dec. 21. His primary U.S. residence? Alaska – although he enjoys frequent travel throughout most of the United States and Canada.

But some in the Last Frontier are combating the bitter rigors of the three-month winter with some rather toasty-sounding ideas. And we at Capitol Machine, the insulation installation specialists, warmly embrace new trends and developments in the industry.

Going North For The Winter

Barrow, Alaska. The northernmost city in the United States. In the dead of winter, low temperatures at night – and it’s almost always night in this Arctic Circle small town during winter time – drop to 20 degrees below zero. Record temperatures have dipped below 55 degrees below zero. That ain’t cold. That’s crazy.

That’s where super insulation comes into save the frigid day.

Plumbing “freeze-up” is Barrow’s immediate fear, according to Arctic Newswire. Housing authorities in the North Slope have come up with a solution to combat the threat super-extreme chilliness poses. It’s super insulation.

Daryl Kooley, executive director for the Tagiugmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority, said the newly super-insulated homes underwent their first test in 2010 in the Anaktuvuk Pass, according to Arctic Newswire.

As part of the study, the residents of one super-insulated home left for a week to allow their heating fuel to run out. When the homeowners returned, the temperature inside the home remained at 65 degrees. The outside temperature was around 30 degrees below zero.

The housing authority completed construction of seven of the 24 planned homes in the North Slope. The homes are designed to use 150 gallons of oil a year. Typical homes in the North Slope use up to 850 gallons per year. The super-insulated homes translate into a savings of about 85 percent.

What Is Super-Insulation?

Taylor Aiken, 30, lives in one of the super-insulated homes in Atqasuk. He now spends only about $200 to $300 a year on heating oil. “It’s easier to stay on top of (bills),” he said.

We at Capitol Machine hope you stay warm and toasty as winter arrives. A good way to ensure your home keeps you comfortable and cozy – and to combat Blustery Winter – is by thorough and proper insulation.

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