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With the current tidal wave of environmentally-friendly products hitting the market, figuring out which are actually worth the money can be like finding a needle in a haystack. But of all these energy saving products, eShield™ multi-layer foil insulation truly rises above the rest.

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5 Important Qualities to Look for in Home Insulation Products

Worker installing glass wool insulation to atticWhen choosing insulation for a house, it’s not as simple as going out to a hardware store, purchasing it, then installing it. There are several qualities that homeowners should watch out for when choosing the product for their home. Here are some of them:

1. The R and E values.

Simply put, R values are one of the most important qualities that a consumer should check. After all, it is a measurement of the effectiveness of the insulation; a higher R value means more heat movement resistance. Some local building codes also require specific R values for insulation, so it’s important to check it before buying any insulation.

Meanwhile, as the name suggests, E values refer to the measure of emissivity and radiant heat transfer. However, due to this value only being recently introduced, it is still not mandated by building codes.

2. Heat Storage Capacity (HSC)

Insulation with a good HSC can help stabilize and regulate room temperature at different times of the day. This quality is very important if insulation is to be installed in a part of the house that can be exposed to a wide range of temperatures throughout the day.

3. Vapor and fire resistance

Vapor resistance, as the name suggests, is how the insulation can prevent the transfer of moisture or water vapor. It is also referred to as the breathability of the material. This quality can have an impact on a structure’s indoor humidity and air quality.

Meanwhile, fire resistance is also an important factor, as it is best to shy away from toxic or highly flammable materials for insulation. One such example is asbestos, which was extensively used for insulation in the past. While asbestos exhibits high fire resistance, it is also a carcinogen; hence the decline in its use.

4. Environment-friendly certifications.

With the many different kinds of insulation out in the market, it’s best to choose the one that’s environmentally friendly. A good way to help a consumer decide is by checking for specific certifications. These include Greenguard and Ecologo by UL and Energy Star by the US EPA.

5. Ease of installation.

Of course, for someone going the DIY route, this is an important factor when choosing insulation for a house. Some kinds of insulation require the use of specialized equipment to put in or the services of a licensed professional to do the job.

For those who want insulation with these qualities, there’s only logical choice: eShield. Call 866-978-9170 now for a free energy analysis across the United States.