How can We insulate our Homes from Extreme Weathers?
Pakistan has blessed with all kinds of seasons summer, winter, autumn, and spring but summer is the lengthiest season in all most all parts of Pakistan, consuming 7-8 months of the year. In the summer season usually, the amount of electricity and water increases due to Solar’s high intensity in the region which creates water shortage and heavy load shedding for the residents. So, keeping in mind this information we figured we should tell all of you some exceedingly valuable data about protecting your home, which may enable you to bring down temperatures, especially on top floors. We can decrease the temperature of homes by using the concept of Insulation. So, the next question comes to mind what is Insulation?
Insulation means using a material which doesn’t pass heat or electricity through it. So, if we use those materials who doesn’t allow heat to pass from our top floors into our ceilings and the inner boundary of our homes we can easily lower the temperature. The biggest advantage of this method will be that you can have low electricity bills because whenever the top floor or rooftops gets hotter with sun blazing solar rays and most of our heavy electrical appliances struck with walls of rooms the temperature increases and for those appliances to maintain their optimum temperature they must use more energy which results in high bills.
So, to get rid of these high bills and to have cool surroundings, you should use the right type of material while constructing your house. Here are some materials which can be used for insulation purposes.
Batts and Blankets
The most common type of insulation used is batts and blankets because they are easy to carry anywhere. One precaution must be taken while using this method which is whenever you cut them to fit it around your electrical appliances or pipes do it properly so there are no gaps remain between them. In this way, it will be working with 100% efficiency and if you neglect that fact then the efficiency will be 50% or less.
There are three types of material used in batts and blankets they are differentiated based on their advantages, disadvantages and their effects on the environment.
1. Fiber Glass Batts and Blankets
Their biggest advantage is that they are the most used type of insulation, which is designed to fit between studs.
One of the disadvantages they possess that they can be very itchy to install due to gaps between them and you will need extra protective clothing for them.
2. Rockwool Batts and Blankets
Their advantage over the fiberglass is that they are more resilient then the previous one and their installation is very quick.
But their disadvantage is that they are very hard to find and, they immerse water which reduces them
3. Cotton Batts and Blankets
Their advantage is that they are easy to install and have damping issues whereas their biggest disadvantage is that they are costly than the other two mentioned above.
Loose Fill Insulation
This type of insulation cushioned strands of fiber blown into storage rooms and walls with the help of a machine. This type of insulation comes in the different material which is as follow:
- Loose Fill Fiber Glass:
They are very to easy to move as they are very lightweight and enough for storage rooms with having dry walls.
Their major disadvantage is that they are very cushioned material may lose their effectiveness in cold temperature.
- Loose Fill Cellulose:
They are effective all kind of weathers and at almost every temperature and even perform better in extreme conditions.
Their disadvantage is that they are too heavy to carry and to install them in rooms is a very difficult work to do.
Structural Insulated Panels (SIP)
Structural insulated panels are very energy efficient saving approximately 12% to 14% of the energy and they are not even costly. They usually come in 4-by-8-ft. sheets, although a few makers make them as vast as 8-by-24 feet, utilized generally for new development.
They are generally of two types which are differentiated below with respect to their pro and cons.
- Polystyrene SIPs:
Polystyrene insulation or commonly known as thermophore insulation in Pakistan which is used to keep our houses cool in summer and warm in winters. They are of two types one is a cheap material made possess low efficiency and another one of high quality have high efficiency.
Their advantage is that they are light weighted and easy to install whereas when you use them in pipes they are not structural leaves gaps between them. The average rate in Pakistan is about 50 rupees per sq. ft.
- Polyisocyanurate SIPs:
Their advantage is as same as the polystyrene but one fact which differs them both that they are a moisture barrier. But their advantage is also their disadvantage as we can use them in inner moisture places.
- Spray Foam Insulation:
The most common use of insulation in Pakistan is spray foam insulation which is used to cool our electronic appliances such as refrigerator and air-conditioners It additionally shapes an air barrier, which can take out some other weather hazards. Their average rate is 60 rupees per sq. Ft.
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