People wear additional clothing in the winter to keep their bodies warm. We insulate ourselves to slow down the transfer of our body heat to the atmosphere. Building insulation does the same thing for our homes. Insulation keeps valuable heat in during the winter season and keeps heat out in the summer. Insulation also helps maintain an indoor climate that is livable without excessive heating and cooling costs.Helps in winter and summerHouse insulation provides resistance to the flow of heat – whether it’s heat escaping from a house in the winter or entering the house in the summer. Fuel savings of around one-third in the winter and summer can be obtained by properly insulating your home.Smaller heating and cooling systems can be installed in an insulated home because less heat is lost in the winter and less heat is gained in the summer. Smaller systems can mean a large savings in the initial equipment investment and reduced utility bills throughout the year.Another benefit to an insulated house is evenly maintained temperatures. Cold floors and chilly drafts are eliminated when insulation is combined with an adequate conditioning system.Reduces condensation, tooCondensation, or sweating, on walls can be reduced to a minimum by the use of insulation and proper ventilation. For complete control of condensation, a moisture barrier on the air-conditioned side of the wall is needed. Insulated walls are much warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Insulation results in a smaller temperature difference between the inside wall surface and the room temperature. The best and least expensive time to insulate is when a home is being built. There is a limit to materials that can be satisfactorily used after construction is completed. For instance, it is impossible to install batt insulation into an existing wall without removing the interior finish material. Blown-in insulation could work if a moisture barrier is provided. However, in most cases, a moisture barrier does not exist. Without some type of moisture barrier, blown-in insulation could cause serious moisture problems. It is also difficult to insulate around heating ducts, plumbing, windows and doors in existing walls.University of Georgia Extension experts say the easiest and most affordable place to add insulation to an existing home is in the attic. To determine if there is enough insulation in your home’s attic, measure the thickness of the insulation. In Georgia, the typical recommended thickness if R-49 for attics, R-18 for walls and R-25 for floors, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. To maximize the benefit of attic insulation, seal any potential attic air leaks such as areas around lights and fans, electrical and plumbing entryways, knee walls, and open stud cavities.
The Portuguese hopes, after responding from successive defeats to Everton and Basle by beating Fulham and Swindon, drawing at Tottenham and winning at Steaua Bucharest, the Blues can win again at Norwich on Sunday. “It would be good,” said Mourinho, ahead of the final Barclays Premier League encounter before the international break. Jose Mourinho acknowledges his Chelsea side are far from the finished article and will suffer setbacks while they make advances. “We have a lot to improve, we have a lot to work. We will have moments of ups and downs, because teams of this profile, with young people, with some people that are not mature, the normal tendency is that performances are not always very stable. “We will have our ups and downs for sure. I’m ready for that.” Chelsea are still to win away from home in the Premier League this season. Their two victories away from Stamford Bridge were at Swindon in the Capital One Cup and in Romania last Tuesday night. The Champions League Group E game was all the more important after the loss to Basle and Mourinho was pleased with his side’s response. Following a run of a three successive away matches, Mourinho would like success in the fourth to enter the international break on a high, with the momentum continuing in the right direction. “Away, away, away, away is never easy, but we managed to get a good result under pressure in Bucharest, because we were really under pressure,” Mourinho said. “If we didn’t win that match we would’ve been in big trouble. We managed to win that game and that gave us a bit of confidence. “If we can win now, 15 days without football it will be a period to reflect, to analyse and to prepare for what is coming.” Chelsea play at home to Cardiff and Manchester City, either side of a Champions League match at Schalke, following the international break. Mourinho spoke highly of Norwich counterpart Chris Hughton, the investment made in recruiting the likes of Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon and insisted Chelsea would not underestimate the Canaries. Mourinho added: “They made a great investment this season. They had money to spend, they spent it. “They brought in good players, players with future, not just the next couple of years. The squad is very good. “The manager in my opinion is good too. I like the way he coaches. “I like the way he organises his teams, always a good mentality, always well organised. “We know it’s one more difficult match for us.” Juan Mata, who has impressed Mourinho with the new-found work ethic demanded by the manager, is confident of success at Carrow Road. The playmaker said on chelseafc.com: “We need our first away league win as soon as possible. “If we want to fight for the title you need to win your home games but also pick points up away as well. “Obviously when you play away it’s difficult, especially against teams like Norwich who are very good at home, but we’re good enough to do it. “We won 1-0 on Boxing Day there last season, I scored and I think we played really well, particularly in the first half. Now we are full of confidence and we believe we can go there and win again.” Press Association