If you’re sitting at home watching television and the same thought strikes you, you’re inside out and back again pdf likely to turn on your heating. Now what if we switched the logic around? What if you ate more food whenever you felt cold and stuck a woolly hat on top of your house each winter? Photo: Aerogel is one of the world’s most exciting insulating materials.
Put a slab of aerogel between a gas flame and some wax crayons and the crayons won’t melt: the aerogel stops virtually any heat flowing through. One day, we could make all our windows out of aerogel—but scientists have to figure out how to make it transparent first! Chart: Comparing the cost and efficiency of different fuels. Holding onto your heat The real problem with home heating is retaining the heat you produce: in winter, the air surrounding your home and the soil or rock on which it stands are always at a much lower temperature than the building so, no matter how efficient your heating is, your home will still lose heat sooner or later. The answer is, of course, to create a kind of buffer zone in between your warm house and the cold outdoors. Chart: Over 95 percent of homes built in the 1990s and after are either well- or adequately insulated, according to the perceptions of their owners, compared to just 68 percent built before 1950. In reality, many homes are much more poorly insulated than their owners believe.
How does heat escape from your home? Artwork: Where does the heat escape in a typical home? It varies from building to building, but these are some rough, typical estimates. The walls give the biggest heat loss, followed by the doors and windows, the roof, and the floor. Why does heat escape from your home in the first place? To understand that, it helps to know a little bit about the science of heat. As you probably know, heat travels in three different ways by processes called conduction, convection, and radiation.
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If you’re not sure of the difference, take a look at our main article on heat for a quick recap. Your house is standing on cold soil or rock, so heat flows down directly into the Earth by conduction. Heat travels by conduction through the solid walls and roof of your home. On the outside, the outer walls and the roof tiles are hotter than the atmosphere around them, so the cold air near to them heats up and flows away by convection. Your house may seem like a big complex space with lots going on inside in but, from the point of view of physics, it’s exactly the same as a camp fire in the middle of vast, cold surroundings: it constantly radiates heat into the atmosphere.
The more heat escapes from your home, the colder it gets inside, so the more you have to use your heating and the more it costs you. That way, you’ll need to use your heating much less. The great thing about home insulation is that it usually pays for itself quite quickly in lower fuel bills. Before long, it’s even making you money! And it’s helping the planet too. How heat insulation works Suppose you’ve just poured yourself a hot cup of coffee. A fundamental rule of physics called the second law of thermodynamics says it’s never going to stay that way: pretty soon, it’s going to be a cold cup of coffee instead.
What can you do to postpone the inevitable? Somehow you need to stop heat escaping by conduction, convection, and radiation. The first thing you could do is put a lid on. By stopping hot air rising and falling above the cup, you’ll be cutting down heat losses by convection.
Some heat is also going to be disappearing through the bottom of the hot cup into the cold table it’s standing on. What if you could surround the cup with a layer of air? Then very little conduction could take place. Photo: Above: Vacuums coated with metal are among the best insulators, but they’re not always suitable for everyday uses. According to the manufacturers, the basic version has an R-value of around 0. The best way to insulate your home Now, unfortunately, we can’t build our houses exactly like a vacuum flask.