What is an “R-Value?”

Whether you are building a home or you are considering home improvement projects, you have probably come across the term “R-value.” You might also be asking yourself, What the heck does a r-value measure, and why is it so important?

An R-value indicates a resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness. Still confused? So was I until someone explained R-values in simple terms.

Basically, a well insulated wall in your home has an R-value of around 20. The wall keeps the cold out in the winter and the heat out in the summer. It resists heat flow.

A high-quality uncovered window typically has an R-value of around one. Yes, just one. Heat and cold pretty much escape freely through an uncovered window.

A window with a Hunter Douglas Duette Architella window covering has a R-value of around seven.

That’s right. Six times the r-value can be achieved with the simple installation of a window covering. Installing an energy efficient shade can remarkably reduce energy bills and prevent up to 50% of energy loss through windows.

If you are still unsure about the importance of r-values, please feel free to stop in our showroom or give us a call. Our knowledgeable staff would be more than happy to explain any questions you may have!