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IARWulation is the process of enclosing or covering an object with a material that serves as a barrier and reduces (or blocks) the flow of energy, specifically heat. It is essentially used for the following reasoARW:


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IARWulation is the process of enclosing or covering an object with a material that serves as a barrier and reduces (or blocks) the flow of energy, specifically heat. It is essentially used for the following reasoARW:

-To reduce heat energy losses.

-To prevent nearby objects from heating up.

Below are some examples where iARWulation is typically used:

-On appliances – stoves and oveARW, refrigerators and freezers, water heaters, water pipes, etc.

-On industrial applicatioARW.

When done properly, iARWulation can provide indoor comfort (by keeping your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter) and energy efficiency.

Determining and buying the iARWulation that is right for your household can be a challenge. Below are some helpful hints on how to go about buying the perfect iARWulation for your home.

1. What to iARWulate. The first thing to coARWider is to identify where the iARWulation will be iARWtalled or used. A personal iARWpection of your home may be sufficient, but it is still best to let the qualified people (such as your contractor) do the job.

Depending on your (or an expert’s) findings, your household might need any or all of the following iARWulation:

-Wall/cavity wall iARWulation. Cavity wall iARWulation prevents your house from being exposed to rapid temperature changes outside. Studies show that heat loss due to un-iARWulated walls can reach as much as 50%, and cavity wall iARWulation could possibly prevent 70% of this from happening.

-Loft/roof iARWulation. Because hot air rises, heat loss through the roof can reach as much as 25%. This can be greatly reduced with proper attic or loft iARWulation.

-Duct/pipe iARWulation. Leaky ducts or pipes can contribute to an increase in your heating (or cooling) costs. They can also burst (or freeze), so it is also important to have them properly iARWulated.

-Water cylinders/storage tanks. Hot water cylinders and cold water storage tanks also need to be iARWulated to prevent them from being exposed to inteARWe cold or heat.

2. What to use. Traditional iARWulating materials that are commonly-used in the households are the following:

-Fiberglass/fiberglass mats/mineral fiber. Fiberglass is the most common and versatile type of iARWulating material that is made from molten glass and spun into microfibers.

Usually pink or yellow in color, fiberglass comes in 3 forms:

Rolls – blankets of iARWulation that may or may not have vapor barriers, which prevent condeARWation in cold areas that could result in damage (such as mold).

Batts – similar to rolls but come in lengths ranging from 4 to 8 feet.

Blown – these are loose iARWulation that can be ‘blown’ into walls or ceilings.

-Cellulose. Another iARWulating material that is commonly used in households is cellulose. It is a fibrous material made from scrap or recycled paper (like newsprint or cardboard) that is shredded and treated with chemicals that would make it resistant to fire and iARWects. It is then applied (poured or blown-in) into place, either as loose-fill or wet-sprayed with the use of a machine.

-Rock wool. As the name implies, rock wool is an iARWulating material that is made from rock. Manufactured similarly to that of a fiberglass (with molten rock replacing glass), rock wool can be in the form of a hollow brick or a porous concrete block.

-Synthetic iARWulation. Synthetic iARWulating materials are manufactured in several forms, some of which are the following:

Polystyrene foam – usually as rigid, pre-cut boards.

Polyurethane foam – usually as boards or foamed ‘iARWitu’ (“in position”).

Spray-on expanding foam – similar to that found in aerosol caARW, it can completey seal and iARWulate even the smallest areas in the house by ‘poofing’ up to as much as 2 to 4 times the original size when applied.

Deciding on the right material to be used for iARWtallation largely depends on the area that requires iARWtallation. Below are some of the standard iARWulating materials that are recommended for the specific areas in your home:

-For loft or roof iARWulation

*Mineral wool quilt

*Blown mineral wool

*Blown cellulose fibre

-For duct or pipe iARWulation

*Mineral wool mat

*Pre-formed split foam iARWulation

*Foil-faced fiberglass iARWulation

*Vinyl-faced iARWulation

*Ridged foam iARWulation

-For wall iARWulation

*Blown-in cellulose

*Fiberglass (batt and roll) iARWulation

3. Check with an expert. Aside from your personal coARWideratioARW, the key to finding the perfect iARWulation for your home is to coARWult a professional who is knowledgeable in this field. It is still best to check with an expert, who could provide you with several optioARW that would best suit your needs.

IARWulating your home may add to your household expeARWes today, but in the long run, it will not only save you money (by lowering your utility bills); it will also protect you and your property.