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Learn how insulation works to slow the movement of hot air. Discover how insulation can help stop three different types of heat transfer: conduction, convection and radiation.
There are three methods for heat transfer: conduction, convection and radiation. Knowing what each type is and how it works will give you a better understanding of how insulation and weatherstripping systems protect your conditioned space.
Conduction is the transfer of heat through solid objects.
Convection is the transfer of heat through liquids or gases.
Radiation is the transfer of heat through space in the form of electromagnetic energy.
In cold or hot climates, a well-insulated and weatherstripped home is more energy-efficient and costs less to heat or cool. Most of the preventive measures listed here are simple fixes that you can do yourself. For a small investment of time and money, you can see a large reduction in the amount of energy required to heat and cool your home. Along with the reduction in energy use, your monthly energy bill should be lower, saving your hard-earned cash for other things.