What’s the Secret to Keeping Your Home Warm in the Winter?February 8, 2016
There’s a secret to the home insulation installation business. And it sounds too simple to tell. The Beatles serenaded the question more than a half century ago: “Do you want to know a secret; do you promise not to tell, whoa oh, oh?”
We at Capitol Machine, your premier online source for expert insulation advice and for the world’s best insulation equipment, are going to let you in on it: What’s the secret to keeping a warm house in the winter?
But before we whisper it into your online ears – “whoa oh, oh” – we’re going to tell you what may not be the best ideas for home insulation, and a lot of it has to do with sexy technology.
Many homeowners are considering new-fangled techniques and methods to keep their abodes toasty during brutal winters and cool during raging summers.
Some homeowners are looking to rooftop solar panels and smaller, electric-powered heating units with air-source heat pumps, according to the St. Albert Gazette. (St. Albert is a city of 61,000 in Alberta, Canada, where it’s about 15 degrees right now.)
Habitat Studio director Peter Amerongen says all these new approaches only get shivering homeowners half way to their climatic destinations. Habitat Studio is a custom-home builder in Edmonton, Alberta, where it’s also about 15 degrees right now.
The secret? “Insulation is really the backbone of energy efficiency,” Amerongen said. “The more insulation you have in a house, the less energy you’re going to use.”
In fact, Amerongen said most homeowners should dramatically increase their insulation levels. “We’re putting in about double (the insulation) that is going into the typical code-built house and about four to five times more than would be in a house from the ‘50s,” he said.
Amerongen cited the use of R-value to gauge thermal resistance in homes. R-value measures insulation thickness and how it limits energy movement. The higher the R-value, the less energy is used. “If the R-value of your wall doubles, the amount of energy you’re losing is cut in half,” he said.
Another reason to add insulation to homes is settling. Over the years, insulation settles, creating gaps that allow warm air to escape (during winters). Plumbing problems or line breaks also may have damaged or caused hidden mold.
Installation installers can resolve these problems with loose-fill blown-in insulation. Loose-fill insulation is fast, efficient and powerful. Our Capitol Machine Model 125 – with its series 4 positive displacement blower – can blow nearly 100 bags of fiberglass per hour. And that’s one secret we don’t have to whisper in your ear, whoa oh, oh.
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