Importance of Thermal Insulation in Buildings

September 16, 2021

Northern California is prone to icy winters and long, hot summers. If your building lacks appropriate insulation, you could find yourself incredibly uncomfortable. Insulation blocks heat transfer, i.e., when hot air and cold air meet, the hot air will move into the cold air until the temperature evens out.

When you don’t have good insulation, heat transfer occurs between indoor and outdoor air. You might notice excessively high energy bills and areas that never seem to warm up or cool down like the rest of the building. This demonstrates the importance of thermal insulation.

Here’s why your building needs good insulation:

  • Keep your indoor temperatures comfortable year-round: The top reason to insulate your building, of course, is to stay comfortable. After all, we have heaters and air conditioners, so there’s no need to sweat profusely during the summer or shiver all winter long. Insulation helps protect your building from heat transfer, so you won’t have to run the heater or air conditioner as much. Since the air is blocked from leaving your building through the walls, you’ll stay comfortable all year long.
  • Save money on your energy bills: In addition to the comfort that quality insulation provides, it also saves you money on your energy bills. If you’ve ever gotten a PG&E bill that sent you into sticker shock, you might want to have a professional take a look at the insulation. Depending on what’s currently in your building, it could have settled or degraded over time. Fixing the insulation will guarantee lower bills year-round.
  • Enjoy enhanced stability in the structure: Thermal insulation also provides stability for your building. Insulation not only affects the temperature but can help shore up the inner workings of your home, commercial or industrial building.
  • Keep excessive noise out (or in): When you have good insulation, you’ll be shocked at how much quieter your home seems—unless you have spirited children, in which case, good insulation makes for good neighbors. Insulating your home or other building will help cut down on how the sound travels through the walls.
  • Can help resist fires: Many types of insulation are fire-resistant, which can offer additional protection until the fire department comes on the scene. In wildfire-prone California, this is a must-have.
  • Allows for light buildings with minimal pressure: Finally, thermal insulation (especially expanded polystyrene panels) allows builders to construct buildings without putting extra pressure on ceilings and walls. This helps prevent extra deadweight on your vulnerable surfaces, like the roof decking.

There are several different types of thermal insulation available, from fiberglass batts to spray foam insulation. The type you choose should depend on your building’s type and location.

When you have good thermal insulation, you’ll notice the difference immediately. Don’t miss out on the protections—and energy savings—that a well-insulated building can provide.

Ace Insulation Inc. provides quality insulation in the Northern California and Nevada areas. Get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation and get a quote.

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