Insulation comes as many types today, and the purpose of all these products is the same, which is protecting you from winter cold and summer heat. Why do we need a long-term solution for keeping winter cold and summer heat off? Well, relying on heaters and air conditioners are expensive options as these household items consume electricity in vast amounts. And, it is a well-known fact by now that all homeowners in Australia focus more on saving money on energy bills; why not? You can invest that money in something productive. How does Insulation offer thermal protection? Yes, this the topic that we discuss in detail today. Let’s get started!
As our previous articles have explained, the R-value of the thermal barrier is the fact that determines the thermal efficiency of it. For example, R-2.0, R-3.0, and so on. Depending on the climate in your region, the right R-value also varies. A quick tip: higher the R-value, more the thermal resistance. Even though the winter in Australia won’t make temperatures go down below 10 degrees Celsius, even 10 degrees Celsius can give you a pretty hard time. And, the Australian summer is known for high temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius. Insulation acts as a thermal barrier that keeps heat and cold away from your home. Depending on the product type, how it keeps heat and cold away varies
Batt Insulation is the most-used product in Australia. How does this thermal barrier keep heat and cold away? Yes, all batt thermal barrier types come with thousands of air pockets that hold air within, and these air pockets act as barriers to air flow through the material. As you know, heat and cold get transferred from one place to another as air. Hence, when the air pockets stop air flowing through the material; heat and cold won’t too. The thermal resistance of batt Insulation depends on the R-value, material thickness, density, and quality. Blown-in type and spray-foam also act similarly.
Reflective Insulation is another type that we should discuss here when explaining thermal resistance. When compared to batt thermal barriers, reflective insulation is a thin product. Also, it may or not come with air pockets. The thermal resistance or mechanism of reflective thermal barriers is different. Two shining surfaces of the thermal barrier reflect off cold and heat waves. As you know, heat from the sun reaches us via radiation. Hence, if we can reflect off radiation from the sun; we can control heat gains to a greater extent. But, reflective barrier products aren’t the ideal product for colder part of the country. In other words, this Insulation variation offers you protection in summer.
The last product type to highlight here is rigid panel insulation. As the name suggests, these thermal barriers are thick, solid panels that offer you thermal resistance in winter and summer. The mechanism of these products is reliable. The panel comes with two glittering surfaces that reflect off cold and heat waves. The middle part of the thermal barrier is a dense insulating material. Hence, rigid panel products protect you from the winter cold and summer heat in a mixed way. Still, we can’t ignore any Insulation type available in the market; all these types are there to fulfill particular requirements of homeowners in Australia. At NoGap, we supply all these thermal barrier types at affordable rates. Call us today for more information!