Thermal insulation what is it ?

Thermal insulation is still the most important and the most cost effective way of saving energy and for virtually all homes will have the single largest impact on reducing fuel costs year after year. Improving the thermal insulation standards of the home should therefore be everyone’s No.1 priority.

If you are planning to improve your home, to install central heating for the first time, or to replace an old boiler, our advice to you is to make thermal insulation your first priority. Not only will this reduce your fuel consumption and bills year after year, but your home will become more comfortable to live in, and you will be able to save money on the cost of installing your new central heating system or replacement boiler because the higher standard of thermal insulation means they don’t need to be as big and expensive as before. Thermal insulation will keep your house warm in winter. In summer when temperatures outside are much higher than inside, good thermal insulation keeps the air cool inside the house

The term thermal insulation can refer to materials used to reduce the rate of heat transfer, or the methods and processes used to reduce heat transfer. Heat energy can be transferred by conduction, convection, radiation or by actual movement of material from one location to another. For the purposes of this discussion only the first three mechanisms need to be considered. Thermal insulation is the method of preventing heat from escaping a container or from entering the container. In other words, thermal insulation can keep an enclosed area such as a building warm, or it can keep the inside of a container cold. Heat is transferred from one material to another by conduction, convection and/or radiation. Insulators are used to minimize that transfer of heat energy. In home insulation, the R-value is an indication of how well a material insulates. The flow of heat can be reduced by addressing one or more of these mechanisms and is dependent on the physical properties of the material employed to do this.

Side effects of thermal bridging and air leakage include:-

– Surface condensation, damaging decorations and enabling mould growth

– Deterioration of the building fabric caused by interstitial condensation

– Occupant discomfort caused by draughts and cold rooms

To reduce the impact of these and to address these problems .Insulation

Continuity and Airtightness need to be thoroughly considered at all stages of design and construction.

That is why you need to carefully consider what you are investing your money in. Building your home with our Insulated Concrete Panel is the best system if you want to achieve optimum air tightness and eliminate cold bridging.

www.campionhomes.ie

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