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İzocam reminds 15 misconceptions in thermal insulation!

İzocam, the leading brand that introduced Turkey with insulation 57 years ago, drew attention to misinformation and practices in insulation. Here are 15 misconceptions in thermal insulation!

İzocam, which has been leading the insulation sector in Turkey for 57 years with its approach of energy saving, environmentally friendly production, products that integrate with nature, and healthy individuals, drew attention to misinformation and practices in insulation. Izocam, the first insulation company in Turkey, which develops products in many areas where insulation is needed such as thermal insulation, noise control, acoustic comfort and fire safety, listed 15 misconceptions in thermal insulation as follows:

  1.    Wrong: Thermal insulation only useful in the winter months.
Contrary to popular belief, thermal insulation helps to keep the temperature of your home in balance throughout the four seasons. Houses without thermal insulation lose their heat quickly in winter and heat up quickly in summer. Cooling a space with electricity is much more expensive than heating with natural gas.

  2.    Wrong: Paint provides thermal insulation.
Thermal insulation of buildings is not provided with paint and plaster-like materials. Since the application thickness of exterior paints is very thin, they cannot provide the desired thermal insulation performance.

  3.    Wrong: Mineral wool products used in insulation contain carcinogenic substances and threaten health.

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  4.    Wrong: We can reduce the cost of insulation by using cheaper materials.

The cost spent for insulation is not a luxury expense, it is an investment that needs to be made to achieve the right comfort (thermal-noise-fire safety). Insulation with the right insulation material and the right application will provide the best return and the highest comfort throughout the life of the building.

  5.    Wrong: Thickening the insulation greatly increases the cost. 
When you thicken the insulation; adhesive, plaster, paint, consumables and labor costs remain the same. The increase in total cost is insignificant compared to the provided benefit.

  6.    Wrong: Valves and equipment cannot insulated.
You can insulate the valves and equipment with the valve jacket. By eliminating the danger of freezing in water meters and pipes, it not only protects the water installations, but also saves more than 50 percent in energy by making it possible to maintain the temperature for a long time.

  7.    Wrong: The expected life of the thermal insulation in the building is very short.
If the materials are produced, stored and applied in accordance with the standards, their life is generally as long as the building life.

  8.    Wrong: Thermal insulation can be provided just by increasing the glass thickness.
Insulated glass (double glass, low e-glass) contributes to thermal insulation, but it is not sufficient by itself. For a qualified and complete thermal insulation, thermal insulation should be applied to all facades of the house, as well as to the floor and roof.

  9.    Wrong: The material used during thermal insulation gives weight to the building and puts the building in a risky situation during an earthquake.
Thermal insulation does not impose a significant burden on the buildings, on the contrary, it provides protection against external climatic effects, prevents corrosion, and increases the building life. It provides a safer environment against earthquake.

  10.    Wrong: Dowels used in thermal insulation may damage the building during the process.
Dowels do not have a negative effect on building statics. The dowels enter the building envelope only 5 cm.

  11.    Wrong: Just the thermal insulation on the outer walls is sufficient.
Thermal insulation should be applied to the floor and roof along with all facades. Heat losses can be caused by windows, roof, air shafts and thermal bridge as well as facade and flooring.

  12.    Wrong: Thermal insulation is not required for a building in a hot climate.
When talking about insulation, more economical and comfortable heating comes in winter to mind, but insulation is necessary for protection from cold as well as protection from heat. However, attics can heat up to 70 C° in summer and cause the lower floors to get very hot.

  13.    Wrong: Thermal insulation materials melt and disappear over time.
The life of the thermal insulation material used in the right density, thickness and in the right place is equal to the life of the building.

  14.    Wrong: Thermal insulation is expensive.
Thermal insulation pays for itself in a short time, allowing you to save money on your energy bills. Just with the insulation made in accordance with the regulations, a building saves more than 60% of energy compared to an uninsulated building.

  15.    Wrong: The insulation made on the outer wall of the building is enough for thermal insulation.
For a good thermal insulation, thermal insulation should be applied to the floor and roof along with all the facades.