Whether it's the hot Cleveland area summers or the cold winters you're contending with, home insulation is one of your first lines of defense against the inclement weather of the outdoors. Insulation doesn't just keep heat inside your home in the winter, it prevents all forms of heat transfer between the indoors and outdoors for increased home comfort and energy savings.
Home insulation comes in a variety of forms, which are distinguished by a measurement called the "R-value per inch," which refers to the resistance against heat transfer. For example, fiberglass blankets might have an R-value per inch of roughly 2.9 to 3.5, while more efficient options such as foam board and polyurethane show higher per-inch values of 5 and 6.5, respectively. High total R-values are obtained by layering on several inches of material; 10 inches of foam board (with an R-value of 5 per inch, times the 10 inches of material) will give you an R-value of 50 for that installation.
The greater the R-value, the greater the insulation. For a climate like Cleveland's, experts recommend attic insulation with a total R-value of around 50. Most of a home's heat is lost or gained through attic spaces – where heat can rise and be lost in the winter, and where sunlight beating down on the roof can warm air which then radiates through the rest of the house in the summer.
To learn more about home insulation, or to set up an appointment to have your insulation assessed or upgraded, contact us at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling for our expert assistance. We're happy to serve the greater Cleveland area.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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