In previous blog posts we have talked about R-Values that measure how effective at blocking Heat Loss the exterior wall of your home. The “R” in R-Value refers to the insulation’s Resistance to heat loss. Therefore, the greater the resistance the better the insulation is performing and that translates to the higher the R-Value the better. High Score wins.
Yesterday we talked about using House Wrap as a way of stopping the wind penetration along with preventing water from entering the exterior wall. House Wrap which is known by a series of brand names is an amazing product that is used widely in quality built homes. As you wander around you probably see it being used all the time.
Today we are going to take a short tangent to explain one of the most common techniques out there for stopping Cold Air Penetration.
It seems as though virtually every building that is built goes up and then the entire structure is wrapped with “House Wrap.” Most of the time it appears as though the house all covered up with some sort of cloth – not quite!
It seems as though local print media along with TV and radio are all broadcasting information about how you should proceed to make your home more energy efficient. All this as winter slowly creeps up on us.
Over the next couple weeks or months we will make an effort to show you those things that are easy, effective and cheap. We will also point out those helpful things that despite being helpful make absolutely no sense.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has just recently published their predictions for financial savings as America conforms to contemporary Energy Codes.
As all of you know Vermont Modular continually talks about Energy Efficiency, savings money, not contributing to Global Warming, doing the right thing for our Environment. These are all key Core Values of Vermont Modular.
All of us at one time or another have heard for been told that, “….your house needs to breath.” There are many “old time Vermont builders” that sincerely believe that a new home should breath.
This fall Vermont Modular has become a very busy place. Last week we ordered a big house for central Vermont and as we speak there are two homes in the plant being built.
It seems as though all summer long people are “…at the beach” enjoying summer in Vermont. But, just in case you haven’t noticed the leaves are turning and almost everyone has turned on their heat. I’ve had the heat on for a couple weeks.
We live here in Vermont where many will comment that the weather is simply awful. Much of the year it is cold, snowy, ice covered, windy, and for some us just miserable. However there is nothing quite as wonderful as a summer in Vermont. The results of my very NON-scientific study reports that during the summer people are at the beach, eating hot dogs, and simply enjoying summer, worries about winter’s cold are ignored.
For months, no make that years, we have talked about a well-insulated home. Those numerous discussions included Fiberglass, Cellulose, Foam, Blown in Fiberglass, and Rock Wool. We invite you to go back and re-read some of the previous blog posts.
Let’s take a look at the various types of insulation that are available. There are primarily four major types of insulation for you to consider: