Insulation in a home is measured by R-Value (the capacity of insulated material to resist heat flow). Some people believe the higher the R-Value, the better the insulation. This is not necessarily true.
Insulation is meant to stop the movement of heat. Heat moves in and out of your home in four ways: conduction, convection, radiation and air infiltration. The R-Value of insulation is measured in a lab and as we know, our homes are not labs. There are factors that come into play like temperature, wind and humidity. So what does R-Value mean to insulation quality in Kansas City?
Most insulation is either fiberglass batt, blown in fiberglass or blown in cellulose. With blown in insulation, you want to see a minimum of R-38 or roughly 14" of insulation in the attic or up to R-49 which would be around 18" of insulation.
Properly insulation your home will lead to conservation of energy which will be reflecting on your heating and cooling bills as well as the prevention of ice damming. To have your home evaluated, give us a call today.
Devereaux Van Dyne, Certified Professional Home Inspector