Home insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways to conserve energy. A well-insulated house will save you money on heating and cooling bills. Further, insulation plays a key role in making your home more comfortable. We all want a home that’s comfortable and cosy for ourselves and our family. So, let’s learn about how mineral fiber insulation works.

Learn About How Mineral Fiber Insulation Works

Insulation Basics

Insulation works by resisting the flow of heat. Heat is a form of energy and always seeks a cooler area in your home. Consequently, this means heat flows outward in the winter, and inward in the summer. Insulation slows this heat flow. So, your home’s heating and cooling system requires less operation to maintain your desired temperature. Therefore, saving you money and making your home more energy efficient and comfortable.

A good air barrier should always accompany mineral fibre insulation on one side. Plus, a good vapour barrier on the other side, so that any moisture can dry out.

IdeaThe Federal Government of Canada is helping Canadians make their homes more energy efficient through their “Our Action Starts at Home – Home Energy Retrofit Initiative”. Qualify for grants of up to $5,000 for renovations to improve the energy efficiency of  your home. For example, an insulation upgrade. Learn more here.

What Does R-value Mean?

Insulation’s ability to resist heat flow is identified and labelled by R-value, “R”, the imperial unit, or RSI-value, the metric unit. The higher the R-value or RSI-value, the greater the insulating power. Manufacturers of insulation products print the R-values of their products either on bags or on labels attached to plain bags. In most cases, R-values are also printed on the facings of batts and rolls. On unfaced insulation, the R-value is printed on the product. R-value levels the playing field for insulation, allowing consumers to easily make comparisons between products by knowing that R-value is R-value, regardless of insulation type, location, or any other variable.

For more information on high performing building envelopes and expert tips on how to install insulation, visit NAIMA Canada.

North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) Canada promotes energy efficiency and environmental preservation through the use of fiberglass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation, and encourages the safe production and use of these materials.

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