Choosing the proper insulation for a commercial building is about more than just keeping people comfortable. In recent years, building codes continue to demand commercial spaces operate more efficiently. However, this can come with a price. The good news is that one of the most affordable and effective solutions for making your commercial building more efficient is installing the proper insulation. When a building is properly insulated, heating and cooling systems work more effectively, and thus their energy usage drops, leading to lower power bills and an overall “greener” building. One of the keys to maximizing your building’s efficiency is choosing the right type of insulation for your facility and budget. There are certain factors to review when comparing insulation types for your commercial building.
What Is Commercial Insulation
Insulation is a common but extremely important component of any commercial building’s structure. The role of insulation is to prevent the migration of heat from warmer spaces to cooler ones. This is a very simple concept that affects both commercial and residential buildings in several significant ways. Without insulation, heat can escape the structure in the winter and enter during the summer. With the proper amount of insulation, this transfer of heat will be reduced or eliminated and your indoor spaces will stay at the temperature you prefer. To keep up with temperature variations in a poorly insulated structure, your furnace, air conditioner, heat pump, or boiler will have to work overtime. Your HVAC equipment will have to provide extra cooling or heating to compensate for the loss or addition of heat, depending on the season. Not only will you lose the energy you’ve already paid for to create heating or cooling, but you’ll also have to pay for more energy to make up for the loss. This will lead to significant waste of energy and money.
Types of Commercial Building We Insulate
Depending on the type of building and where you are located, insulation benefits may need to go beyond being energy efficient. Big Rock Insulation professionals can recommend insulation products that not only create a quiet and comfortable environment, but will control moisture and humidity, soundproofing, and contribute to a healthier environment.
We Commonly Insulate The Following Commercial Buildings
Common Commercial Insulation Types
What is Insulation R-Value
The definition of R-value is resistance value of the insulation in regards to how much heat can move through it. The greater the R-value, the more heat you can keep in your home during the winter or how much heat you can keep out in the summer. Attic R-values are measured by the inch. 1″ of fiberglass has an R-value of 2.7 while 1″ of cellulose has an R-value of 2.8. Current R-value codes range from R38 to R60 in most attic spaces. Current code for above grade 2×4 walls is R13, and 2×6 walls are R19. In layman’s terms, the higher R-value insulation has, the greater effect it will have against heat transfer.
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