Also known as thermal tracking or “ghosting,” thermal bridging happens when heat moves across an object that is more conductive than the materials surrounding it. “What’s the deal with it?”, you might ask. For one, it is one of the major sources of energy loss in homes and buildings: it can account for up to 30% of heat loss in an airtight, insulated home.——————————————– CONTINUE READING ——————————————–The Problem of Thermal BridgingHeat will always move toward cold air, which is why indoor heat being generated during winter seeks out the cold outdoors. The opposite happens during the summer, where the outdoor heat moves towards studs in cooler places inside the home. In both instances, you have to compensate for heat loss or gain by keeping your HVAC system running for a long time to maintain desired indoor temperatures.Insufficient insulation is one of the leading causes of thermal bridging inside the home. Residential roofing and siding pros point out that, once the uninsulated studs feel colder than the surrounding material, they begin to attract dust, soot and fine particles from the indoor air. Over time, they begin to create unsightly stains on the wall or ceiling.How Thermal Bridging Can Be Addressed?Unless you are doing interior remodeling, adding a new insulative layer inside the home can be difficult and expensive. You can, however, tackle siding replacement, especially when an insulated siding option is being utilized.While siding does greatly influence overall curb appeal, it has another job to do: be a part of your home’s thermal enclosure. By replacing your current siding, you not only break thermal bridging, but also improve your home’s energy efficiency. To guarantee you make the most of this project, work only with the most trusted experts in home improvement.Avoid issues of thermal bridging and other problems that may affect your home’s ability to use energy with new siding installation services from iRestore Stl. As your storm damage roof and siding experts, we can help you select siding that complements your home style and lasts for the long term.Call us today at (618) 593-9203, or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve residents of Edwardsville, IL.