Insulation: Does it make a difference in energy efficiency?

January 17, 2018 | Alexandra Degala

Insulation plays a very significant role in the performance of your building by maintaining a comfortable environment and promoting energy efficiency. Insulation prevents heat loss from a building making it an effective energy-saving measure. The proper installation of insulation promotes energy efficiency and increases savings. This article will discuss in detail how insulation works and what role it plays in energy efficiency. 

How does insulation work?

Heat is lost by passing through the framework of a building. In an uninsulated building, heat loss is most significant through the roof at 35%, 31% is lost through the windows, and 25% passes through the walls. The remaining heat loss passes through the floor and leakages. 

The primary role of insulation is to reduce the heat losses and heat surplus from a building by placing insulators in places where heat is commonly lost. It is the nature of heat to flow from a warmer place to a cooler place. With proper insulation, you can reduce the heat loss during cold weather and reduce the heat surplus during warm weather. Insulation improves energy efficiency because it limits the need for heating and cooling.

What are the advantages of insulating your building?

The latest energy trends promote higher energy efficiency. The government has implemented policies that encourage energy efficiency. An example of this requires insulation during the construction of a building. Most businesses are built to meet the minimum requirements of these policies. However, what most business owners don’t know is that building beyond the minimum, meaning providing right quality materials for lighting and insulation, delivers a lot of benefits for the business. 

Here are some of the advantages of good insulation:

  • It provides comfort and increases productivity. Good insulation means having more stable control of the temperatures inside an establishment. During the hot summer season, a building with insulation can easily maintain a cooler temperature compared to the outside environment. In winters, the heat inside a building will not easily be lost because insulation will prevent it from leaking through the framework. This provides comfort for employees. Comfortable office space is conducive to working. When workers are comfortable, they tend to do more, focus on their tasks better and deliver results faster.

  • It reduces outside noise. Constant traffic, ongoing construction, and loud music can be the source of distractions in the office. Focus and productivity are negatively affected by these noises. Aside from preventing heat from escaping, insulating materials are also excellent sound absorbers. By absorbing sound waves, insulators limit the transfer of sound through ceilings, walls and the floor of your building. 

  • It promotes sustainability. All energy saving efforts encourage sustainability. Good insulation reduces environmental impact. Less energy will be used in maintaining the HVAC Systems, the consumption of fossil fuels is reduced. These results in a decrease in the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Many insulation materials are also environmentally-friendly.

  • It increases savings. Insulation can save 40% of the energy costs of heating and cooling systems. They lower the amount of heat and air that needs to be pushed out of your building. This contributes to your energy efficiency efforts and lowers your energy expenses. Insulation allows Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems to operate more efficiently, thereby reducing expensive breakdowns due to overload. Your system is also more likely to reach its service life when your building is properly insulated.

  • It reduces condensation. Condensation is very common in air-conditioned buildings. It can cause considerable damage to the ceilings, floors, walls, books, and equipment if left unattended. Insulation can reduce condensation because it can act as a vapor barrier. 

Certain standards should be met in insulation. Going over the minimum requirements and investing in good quality materials can maximize the energy savings coming from the HVAC system.