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Heat and R-Values: The Basics of Home Insulation

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A home with a well-insulated building envelope (walls, roof, and flooring) doesn’t just let its occupants enjoy comfortable indoor temperatures. It also helps reduce indoor cooling and heating requirements, which in turn helps reduce energy bills.

Home Insulation

The number of available insulation options – from insulation boards to blown-in insulation in Grand Rapids, MI – can be confusing if you’re unfamiliar with them. Let WMGB Home Improvement help you understand the basics of home insulation.

Heat Movement

The most basic principle of home insulation is knowing how heat behaves. Heat tends to move toward areas with lower temperatures, resulting in heat loss. It moves in three ways:

  • Conduction – Heat moves through a solid object

  • Convection – Heat rises

  • Radiation – Heat comes off a surface

When your building envelope loses heat, your HVAC system compensates, resulting in higher energy bills. An ideal solution for this is by investing in good insulation for your home.


The R-value is the capacity of a material to resist heat movement. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation. Certain areas of your home insulation in Grand Rapids, MI, has to have a minimum R-value, which differs depending on several factors. They include the local climate, heating and cooling system, and the building material used. Your architect will take care of the calculations, but it does help knowing why your architect would recommend certain types of insulation.

Home Energy Efficiency Audit

If your home feels too warm in the summer or too cold in the winter but you can’t identify the solution, we recommend a home audit. This is an accurate way of pinpointing the cause and knowing the proper solutions.

WMGB Home Improvement is certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) to conduct a complete house energy audit. You will receive a detailed report and recommendations on how to improve your home’s insulation, air seals, and heating and cooling systems, among others.

We are your trusted source for a complete home audit and energy-efficient solutions. We can also help you with egress window units and ice dam removal in Grand Rapids, MI. Call us today at (616) 328-6625 to learn more about our services. You can also fill out our contact form for a free, no-obligation quote.

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