WHY MY HOUSE IS SO COLD EVEN WHEN HEAT IS ON ?

Sunday Apr 23rd, 2017

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Most homeowners concerned about losing heat in their homes. This is especially during the winter months, when their furnaces are working hard. They still aren’t seeing their thermostats rising to the level expected, and even worse, they’re turning the heat way up, seeing that extra cost on their bills,but not getting the warmth they need.

If your attic is not properly ventilated and insulated it can be the culprit of a home that will cost you, either through your furnace running over time, or through damage because the structure can’t adapt to the winter season.

It is always best to get professional help, remember safety always first!!

The Attic

Your attic is a cold area – means that it should be the same temperature as the outside air. By letting heat escape freely from your home into the attic, and having cool air from the outside meet in the middle you may have a problem. You’ll be able to tell if your attic is losing heat in the wintertime –take a look at your roof after a snowfall – are you seeing icicles and patches of melted snow? That’s a sign of heat loss.

There are professionals that can help, these professionals use advance technology to check heat loss and will fix the problem.

R-Value

The R-value is a measure of thermal resistance for materials (such as insulation) and assemblies of materials (such as walls and floors) in the building and construction industry. It gives an indication of how quickly they will lose heat (their thermal resistance). The higher the value of R, the better the thermal performance and heat retention of the material or assembly, and the slower any heat loss.

Remember, just because one style of insulation is thicker than another, doesn’t mean that will be more effective for keeping your house warm.

Types of Insulation

There are a lot of options for insulating your attic, each with their own pros and cons. It is always best to get Professional Help, remember safety always first!!

Batt Insulation

The most common form of home insulation is “Batt and Roll” or “Blanket” insulation. It is typically stored in rolls, is generally made of fiberglass and is the least expensive way to insulate a home.

Foam Board Insulation

Foam based insulation can be used to insulate almost any part of your home from roof to the foundation. They provide good thermal resistance and often add structural strength to your home. Foam board insulation sheathing reduces heat conduction through structural elements, like wood and steel studs. Foam board can be used on an attic hatch, but wouldn’t be used to insulate the entire space, generally being reserved for exterior wall sheathing or basement walls.

 

Blown-In Insulation


The most common type of insulation you’ll find in attics. Small chunks of insulating material (typically fibreglass and cellulose) is blown into the attic space in smaller chunks. Like batt insulation, blown-in insulation should be fluffy. Adding insulation is a job that you will need to leave to the professionals.

Spray Foam Insulation

A polyurethane foam is sprayed in the attic, which will fill cracks and gaps, forming a barrier. There are two types of spray foam insulation: closed cell and open cell. Open cell foam is permeable to moisture, but impermeable to air, while closed cell foam stops air and moisture. Adding insulation is a job that you will need to leave to the professionals.

Installing  isn’t a do-it-yourself job. If you aren’t careful, this can lead to ice dams, which can cause major damage to a roof.

Ice Damming

Ice damming is more likely to be an attic issue than one with your eavestroughs. Too little insulation at the perimeter of the attic can result in heat loss coming in contact with cold air, creating condensation and freezing. One way to solve this issue is by using a closed cell spray foam just around the edges of the attic.

 It is always best to get professional help, remember safety always first!!

 

If you are working with a realtor your realtor should help you step by step in the process of buying your home. say's RAJ SHARMA.

 

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Information is deemed to be correct but not guaranteed.

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