Insulation - it is an aspect of buildings, both commercial and residential, that many think is meant to solely provide thermal protection and regulation. However, in truth, insulation offers a wide array of benefits. For the most part, insulation is often regarded as the most cost-effective and practical solution to not only keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, but it can also reduce the amount of noise between rooms. Rather than spending hundreds to thousands on specific soundproofing approaches – insulation can soundproof and reduce your energy bills!
Insulation is composed with materials such as fiberglass, rock, slag wool, as well as natural fibers. Yet, while we often think of insulation as soft and fluffy, it can also be made with rigid foam boards or sleek foils. The choice of insulation material will vary based on one's needs and requirements. If you are looking to keep your home warm, then you will want to invest in a denser choice of insulation; however, if you are just looking to insulate a room, or area where temperature control isn’t a priority, there are Styrofoam-like insulation choices that will do the job. Sprayed from a can or installed like a panel, insulation composition will vary on use and purpose.
The most commonly used insulation is one that is made with fiberglass because it allows for thermal regulation while also providing a sound barrier. Fiberglass insulation is also commonly used in commercial and industrial buildings as it can act as a fire retardant.
What makes insulation so important?
A home or office that is not properly insulated can result in higher energy bills due to heating and cooling that is lost through gaps in the walls and accesses. Another benefit of insulation is that in places where there is high condensation, insulation installation can actually reduce condensation and reduce the potential for mold.
As mentioned before, the makeup of the insulation selected will vary based on the need and use. In situations where a room or access panel is exposed to moisture, selecting an insulation that can provide the proper protection as opposed to actually contributing if not enhancing the problem. For example, one would not want to install an insulation that is not going to speed the condensation or even spread it.
When it comes to picking the insulation, understanding the purpose of what the installed insulation will do is important, but there are additional steps. Following, you will need to look at an insulation’s R-Value, which will help when it comes to purchasing and installing insulation. This value is one that can come from either an energy assessment or the actual builder itself.
When looking at insulation the higher the R-value, the better insulation it will provide you, as the R-value looks like type, thickness and density.
If the installation is not done properly, it could result in gaps upon installation, or not providing the proper insulation or flow, which can again result in higher energy costs.
To Insulate or Not To Insulate – that is the question
If you have an industrial or commercial building, the use of mineral fiber insulation can actually contribute to your space being not only energy efficient, but also sustainable. For areas that may have hot pipes or surfaces that may be exposed to extreme heat, insulation can actually act as a form of protection or fire retardant.
In rooms that house HVAC units or ducts, the use of correct insulation can help with noise reduction and sound transference.
From a health perspective, insulation can prevent mold and mildew accumulation as well as act as a filter of sorts. Many commercial and industrial buildings have building codes that require a minimum R-value of insulation.
At the end of the day, one the greatest benefits that come from having an insulated access panel is the fact that you can rest assured no cold air is creeping in, that you have installed a material that will be mold preventative, while making your building's energy cost efficient and sustainable.
Having a fiberglass insulation can actually protect against dangerous molds and mildews that could grow inside walls, ducts and ceilings. The comfort of paying a small price for a lifetime investment is assurance enough, and if that is not good enough – it has been proven that insulation can result in lower energy bills!
Whether you are insulating to reduce your energy costs or abiding to building code conducts, the installation of insulation has many benefits for you and your building. Looking to do a minor upgrade or renovation? You can work with existing insulation or start from scratch – and given that insulation can come in various forms means that there is flexibility in where insulation can be installed.
At Best Access Doors, we offer a wide array of access panels that are insulated – this way you can guarantee an energy efficient purchase but also one that will adhere to many building standards. With an insulated access door, you can ensure that no air is seeping through and that noise is being kept to a bare minimum. Big or small, Best Access Doors, has a product to meet your building needs.