Fiberglass Insulation to Conserve Energy


With the price of fuel on the rise more and more people are going green and advocating conservation of energy.  Although most of the spotlight is focused on alternative fuel sources and eco-friendly vehicles there are many simple ways we can help in limiting energy consumption and waste.  Two of the biggest causes of wasted energy today are heat loss and overuse of air conditioning due to poorly insulated homes and buildings.  This energy leak has gained enough attention that the Federal Government is issuing aid to help homeowners install or update old insulation in their homes.  Even for homeowners who will not qualify for the aid, an investment on new insulation will pay for itself through energy cost saving over a few years.  A glass wool board, one of the most commonly used insulation material are designed to last as long as your homes.

Fiberglass wool boards are made from spinning glass, mostly recycled, into microfibers flexible enough to be made into mats and rolled or as a solid piece of fiberglass board.  It provides efficient insulation from outside weather, keeping heat in during cold seasons and cool air in during warmer months.  Aside from the energy savings, it also insulates the home from outside noise, and if placed within interior walls can keep noise from one room seeping into the others.  The marked improvement in the glass wool’s ability to maintain the temperature difference between the two sides of any wall should also convince the owners of older homes that have cellulose insulation to inquire about upgrade costs.

Insulation should not be isolated to the walls and ceilings, energy in the form of heated or cooled air and water also travel throughout the house through ducts and pipes.  Energy lost through pipes and ducts constitute up to 30% of a home’s total energy waste.  During colder months hot water traveling through pipes going through areas not insulated will lose heat to the environment.  Cool air conditioning ducts that are not insulated can draw moisture from the air and form condensations, water can soak into walls causing water damage.  Glass wool pipe covers are used to insulate pipes and duct and prevent corrosion from condensation.  These are applied as sleeves to pipes and ducts minimizing heat loss.

Another method of applying glass wool insulation is the glass wool blanket.  We see these blanket applications everywhere these are commonly used to insulate structures with no ceilings like warehouses.  We usually don’t see the fibers because wool blanket insulation is usually sandwiched by aluminum foil to aid in insulation and prevent microfibers from falling off.

When considering an upgrade or installation of insulation the best people to consult are you local gas and electrical companies.  Since these people are primarily concerned with energy consumption they can help you find contractors to hire and advice on which materials to use and install since allowable insulation materials can vary from one locale to another.  Consult and ask for estimates, contractors can also help you determine if your home qualifies for federal aid.

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