Understanding How Heat Works

There are three heat methods: conduction, convection, and radiation. In order to stop conduction heat and convection heat, homeowners have used traditional insulation like fiberglass, cellulose, batting and blown-in. However, these solutions are not effective on radiant heat.

Radiant Heat is a straight line heat that can be stored. A good example of radiant heat is a car with the windows rolled up. Radiant heat from the sun builds up and is stored in the car. Many people place a heat reflector across their windshield to reflect the heat away from the car, preventing it from storing within the vehicle.

Now, think about how radiant heat affects your house. In the summer, the sun beats down on the roof, shingles, tar paper and decking. All of which absorb the heat into your attic, and the heat is stored in your insulation. When it is 90 degrees outside, it can be 140 to 150 degrees in your attic!

Once your insulation reaches its R-value resistance, the heat is released and it flows into your home. Just think of how many times you reach for the thermostat to turn down your air conditioner each summer. According to the laws of thermodynamics, this is because heat seeks out cold spaces and flows into it. In this case, it's the cooler interior of your home.

In colder months, the opposite happens. Approximately 70% of the heat in your home rises to the ceiling and escapes to the colder space of your attic. This is why you find yourself turning up the thermostat in the winter, trying to make your home warmer.

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