Insulation: What Is It
Insulation, or more correctly thermal insulation, is a general term used to describe products that reduce heat loss or heat gain by providing a barrier between areas that are significantly different in temperature. There are a number of items in the home that benefit from insulation - such as central heating boilers and hot water pipes. However, buildings themselves need some extra help to make them more energy efficient. Home insulation therefore, reduces the amount of heat that escapes from a building in the winter and protects it from getting too warm in the summer.
The most common types of insulation in the home are made primarily from glass or rock that has been melted down at temperatures well in excess of 1,000°C and then, spun into fine strands of wool. A binding agent is also added to help hold the strands together. These strands of wool can then be formed into various products depending on where it will be used in a building - such as rolls to fit between ceiling joists and solid slabs to install in cavity walls.
It is not necessary to use raw materials to manufacture new glass mineral wool insulation. The majority of products are made using a high proportion of recycled glass, making glass mineral wool one of the most inherently environmentally friendly insulation products on the market.
Insulation is very clever. Not only does it make your home warmer in winter, it also helps keep it cooler in summer. This is a little bit like a flask which keeps drinks hot or cold by providing an insulating layer between the drink and the outside air.
Air is a poor conductor of heat, so the tiny pockets of air trapped in insulation minimise the amount of heat which can pass between the inside and outside of your house.
This means that in winter, the heat stays inside a home and in the summer it stays outside!
Different types of insulation materials have different properties, so are suitable for different areas of a building. Firetech Experts Ltd. supplies and installs a wide range of high quality, widely recognised, insulation and related products, suitable for every area of the building. In order to make things as simple as possible for our customers, we have divided our Insulation product range into four categories, depending on our customer’s insulation objectives:
- Dry Lining
- Thermal Insulation