How Does Fiberglass Insulation Work

Fiberglass insulation was created in the early 1930s by a scientist at Owens Corning as an alternative to the highly-combustible materials used to insulate homes in those days. It is non-conductive, conveniently available in either roll or batt form, and has gone on to become the most popular insulating material currently available.

There’s magic in fiberglass insulation. The same fiberglass material in your walls and attics can keep you warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. But how does this amazing feat happen?

Because glass is naturally a bad conductor of heat, it was the logical base substance to use for an insulating material. Once the Owens Corning brains figured out how to turn glass into fiber material, they were off to the races — their new fiberglass creation could catch air between the multitude of layers of spun glass and prevent the heat from traveling through it. That both keeps heat inside on cold days and outside during the dog days of summer.

Fiberglass is also safe to use, leading to no known cases of respiratory cancer according to a 2000 report from the National Academy of Sciences. However, the glass fibers are a well-known skin irritant to anyone who has touched it with bare hands and arms. Safety gear recommended to avoid skin irritation includes gloves, goggles, a face mask, and, of course, long sleeves and long pants.

The versatility of fiberglass insulation today allows for easy completion of any project – it comes by the roll or in pre-cut batts in a variety of thicknesses and widths to fit any R-value (the rating of the insulating capability of the insulation) specs.

Not a do-it-yourselfer? Never fear — Standard will install the new insulation for you. And the best part is an insulation project often leads to a significant reduction in the heating and cooling bills, paying you back for the cost of the project in a short time.

For expert advice on the purchase and installation of any insulation materials, call Standard today at 738-1424 or (800) 738-1424.

About Standard

Standard was founded in 1928 and is now the oldest and largest insulation company in the Mohawk Valley. Using state-of-the-art technology and the Energy Smart incentive programs from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Standard can determine the causes of energy loss in your home and provide the solutions. They will also determine if a family or individual qualifies for incentives up to 50% (max. $5000) and low interest loans.

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