April 11, 2016

Thermal Insulation: Stop Air Leaks!

Thermal Insulation: Stop Air Leaks!
When building a new home or renovating your current home, thermal insulation is a significant expense but it’s an investment that can really pay off.

The different types of insulation will help to maintain your home’s heat in the winter and cool air in the summer. Insulation therefore enables you to consume less energy throughout the year.

Why use thermal insulation?

A well-insulated house is, first and foremost, a more enjoyable and more comfortable home. High-performance insulation not only helps to lower heating costs, it also saves on energy, has a more positive impact on the environment and enhances a home’s heritage.

Where are leaks most commonly found?

It’s obvious that heat will escape from a home that is poorly insulated. A study shows that heat loss is typically distributed as follows:

  • 36% through the attic and roof;
  • 32% through doors and windows;
  • 17% through above-ground walls;
  • 15% through basement walls and foundation floors.

What needs to happen?

To maintain heat and comfort in your home and obtain efficient thermal insulation, the following elements need to be taken into account:

  • Conduct a heat balance;
  • Use insulation that is efficient and certified;
  • Ensure airtightness;
  • Obtain controlled ventilation. 

What type of thermal insulation?

There are several types of insulation to use based on the type of home; mineral, natural, synthetic or new generation insulant such as aerogel. For maximum efficiency, the materials used must have several functions: completely fill the place to insulate and, of course, stand up to time, moisture and heat transfer.

Don’t hesitate to seek advice from a professional who will be able to expertly guide you according to your type of home.

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