At Red River Roofing, we often talk up the benefits of having an adequate amount of insulation for your home. But in fact, insulation is essential to any structure that acts as a shelter for people or temperature-sensitive goods for any amount of time, including commercial buildings. If you are investing in industrial heating and cooling systems to keep your workforce comfortable, insulation plays a big part in how efficient the system is.
Benefits of Commercial Insulation
Insulation affects commercial buildings in several significant ways:
- Prevents HVAC overload - As mentioned earlier, insulation helps take some of the load off of industrial HVAC systems. Without insulation, the systems have to work overtime to keep your building at a comfortable This causes a lot of wear on the system, leading to expensive breakdowns and malfunctions. Insulation helps to regulate the air temperature by preventing the movement of hot air. It keeps heat in during the winter and out during the summer.
- Keeps heating and cooling costs down – In conjunction with the first point, when adequate insulation is in place, your HVAC system runs more efficiently. This, in turn, helps to keep your costs down by lowering the amount of heat and air your system has to push out. This also ensures that your system will continue to perform as intended for the length of its service life. The proper amount of insulation contributes to your building’s energy efficiency and lower energy costs.
- Creates a sound barrier – Loud machinery, constant traffic, and other sound-producing instances can be a distraction to your workforce and hinder productivity. Insulation is not only key in energy-efficiency, but it also works wonders when it comes to noise reduction. Just as insulation prevents the movement of hot air, it also works similarly in the flow of sound waves. Insulation helps to limit the transmission of sound by forming a barrier that absorbs vibrations.
The Case to Retrofit Your Insulation
Generally, it’s just easier to insulate a building when it is first built, but in many cases, that’s just not an option. If your building is under-insulated, or not up to current building codes, you will need to retrofit your insulation.
Here are some top reasons why you should retrofit your insulation:
- Insulation has settled and no longer performing efficiently
- Smoke or water damage
- Mold, mildew or condensation build-up in ceiling
- No insulation at all in building
- HVAC system updates or total replacement
- A change in building code requirements
- The restructuring of the building’s use. For example, if old garage is now being used as an office building, an increase in insulation would be required
When installing or upgrading your insulation, it is always important to consult with a professional insulation installer. Insulation is a significant component of your building’s total structure and should be handled by someone trained to know right kind of insulation for your building’s needs. A professional is also trained to correctly handle any obstructions and barriers that could lead to potential fire hazards and improperly sealed penetrations.
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