Learn How to Combat All Forms of Heat Transfer
Know the Enemy to your Home’s Energy Efficiency
The biggest culprit to your home’s lackluster energy efficiency is heat transfer. This scientific process drastically reduces the energy efficiency of your Oklahoma City home. Despite heat transfer’s negative impact on homes, many homeowners don’t know much about it and many remodelers and contractors do little to provide information. Fortunately, the experts at Community Builders of Oklahoma City are here to help you identify and combat this enemy of energy efficiency. We want to inform you of how your home is being negatively impacted by heat transfer so you can make a well-informed decision of how to combat it. That’s why we’ve become the trusted source for home remodeling.
The Big Three of Heat Transference:
- Conduction: This form of heat transfer is the one most typically protected against. Transference occurs through direct physical contact between two objects. A common example of this is heating a pan on the stove. The heat generated by the burner is transferred to the pan via conduction. Homes are typically equipped with fiberglass insulation to combat this trapping the heat in the microfibers to slow the transference.
- Convection: This is the transfer of heat through a fluid or gas. A basic explanation is that the particles in fluids or gases with less heat energy are replaced by those with more. Some examples include boiling water or heating the air with a radiator. Most homeowners use insulating foam board to block the transference of heat through the air.
- Radiation: This is when heat radiates through space via infrared rays. Radiant heat does not heat the space through which it travels but it heats the objects with which it comes into contact. The primary example of this is the heat you feel from the sun. The only method of reducing radiation is radiant barrier insulation, also known as reflective foil.
Is One Heat Transfer Method Worse than the Others?
Being aware of the different types of heat transfer and how to combat them is the first step in being able to optimize your Oklahoma City home for energy efficiency. Next, is determining which one is doing the most to negatively impact the energy usage of your home. Most homes are equipped with some sort of attic insulation. This is typically going to be fiberglass, which is used to protect against conduction. Unfortunately, most homes aren’t equipped with reflective foil, which protects against the most effective form of heat transfer, radiation. That’s where our Green Energy Barrier® helps the most. It is designed to reflect radiant heat from the sun. This is very important since the sun is the largest source of heat in our solar system. Keep your home protected from the sun’s radiant heat by contacting us about our reflective foil insulation.