Insulation levels are specified by R-Values, a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it. The higher the R-Value, the better the thermal performance of the insulation. The table below shows what levels of insulation are cost-effective for different climates and locations in your home.
Converting from U-values to R-values
R-value is a measure of thermal resistance used in construction.
U-value is a measure of overall heat transfer coefficient
To convert from one to the other use the following formulas:
1/R-value = U-value or 1/U-value = R-value
Example: R-19 (common for walls) = 1/19 = U-Value of .053
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