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What is R-Value?


What is R-Value?

The R-value is a measure of thermal resistance used in the building and construction industry. Under uniform conditions it is the ratio of the temperature difference across an insulator and the heat flux (heat transfer per unit area per unit time, ) through it or .The R-value being discussed is the unit thermal resistance. This is used for a unit value of any particular material. It is expressed as the thickness of the material divided by the thermal conductivity . For the thermal resistance of an entire section of material, instead of the unit resistance, divide the unit thermal resistance by the area of the material. For example, if you have the unit thermal resistance of a wall, divide by the cross-sectional area of the depth of the wall to compute the thermal resistance. The unit thermal conductance of a material is denoted as C and is the reciprocal of the unit thermal resistance. This can also be called the unit surface conductance, commonly denoted by h.   The higher the number, the better the building insulation 's effectiveness. (R value is 1/h.)   R-value is the reciprocal of U-value.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R-value_(insulation)

How much insulation should be installed?

The age of your home
– if your home is more than 10 years old, you likely need more insulation and there are many ways to retrofit a home with fiber glass , rock wool , and slag wool insulation.  We (San Antonio) is in Region 2 according to the U.S Government which recommend for home to have an R-Value of 38 or 13 inches of insulation.

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