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Understanding the Forms of Heat Transfer

Know Which Heat Transfer is Costing You the Most

You’ve probably heard a great deal about how heat transfer is drastically reducing the energy efficiency of your Tulsa home and how attic insulation can prevent that. However, not many home remodelers and contractors really inform you of how heat transfer works until they hit their sales pitch. Of course, their spiel is primarily filled with what they want you to hear so you’ll purchase their product. This often means skipping over important facts that would lead you to making a better decision for your Tulsa home. At Community Builders of Tulsa, we do want you to invest in your home with our product but we also want you to make a well-informed decision about it. One of our primary goals is to establish a strong rapport with you and to earn your trust. That’s why we’re here to inform you of the different modes of heat transference and which types of insulation are used to combat them.

Heat Transference & How to Deal with It:

  • Conduction: This form of heat transfer is the one most protected against. It is the transfer of heat through direct physical contact. An example is heating a pan on the stove. The heat from the burner is transferred to the pan via physical contact. A common material used to protect against conduction is fiberglass. The heat gets trapped in the millions of fibers, which effectively slows the transference.
  • Convection: This is the heat transfer through fluid or gas. Essentially, what occurs is that particles in fluids or gases with less heat energy are replaced by those with more heat energy. A couple of examples would be the heating the air with a radiator or boiling water. As far as insulation is concerned, insulating foam board is typically used since it blocks the transference of heat through the air.
  • Radiation: This is transference occurs when heat radiates from a source and through space via infrared rays. The important thing to remember about radiation is that it doesn’t heat the space through which it travels. Instead, it heats the objects that with which it comes into contact. A strong example of this the heat your feel from the sun. The only method of combatting radiation is radiant barrier insulation, also known as reflective foil.

Which Heat Transfer is More Troublesome?

Now that you are aware of the main types of heat transfer, it’s time to tell you which type causes the most energy loss. The largest culprit to losing energy efficiency is radiation. This is because it is the most efficient form of heat transfer and even complements the other forms. For example, the sun’s rays heat your roof via radiation, which then makes its way into your attic via conduction through your roofing and roof’s foundation. If you have fiberglass insulation, the heat transfers into that through conduction. However, if you have our Green Energy Barrier® installed the heat trying to radiate from your roof is reflected back as soon as it contacts our reflective barrier. To learn more about heat transfer and our attic insulation, contact us today for your free consultation.

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