Calculating R-Values for Walls

To calculate the most accurate heat loss we should know the R-Value. Calculating R-values is not a tough job. The hardest part of this job is to acquire an infrared thermometer. Maybe you can borrow one from a friend, or an HVAC guy or even rent one for a day. R-Value is the resistance the heat encounters as it leaves the structure. This is know as heat loss. We calculate the heat loss for the an accurate way of sizing heating and cooling equipment. When the appliances are properly sized they operate cheaper and have less maintenance problems. Let's see how to calculate R-values. The outdoor temperature should be at least 15f colder or warmer than the interior temperature. The greater the temperature difference the more accurate it is. There will not be drastic change from the interior to exterior temperature from 15f to 40f. You should not do this when you are just coming

What you will need for the calculations

1. Infrared Thermometer and regular thermometer

2.  Blank Worksheet

3. Pencil or Pen

4. Calculator if you do not want to do simple math

5.Blank R-Value Chart

 
 
Gathering Information

We must take some temperature readings.

1. Make sure there is at least a 15f difference between inside and outside temperatures

2. Measure air temperature of room. Measure in center of the room as room temperatures change

3. Measure the temperature of an interior non-sunny wall about 3 ft above the floor

4. Measure the exterior wall approximately the same place as the interior measurement                   

5. Do the math

6. Plot the information on the R-Value chart              

                                                                     
Sample Worksheet
 
 
Sample R-Value Chart
Living Room from above worksheet columns 5 & 6
Blank Worksheet     Blank R-Value Chart
 
Disclaimer: The information found on this website is for informational purposes only. Any and all preventive maintenance, service, installations should be reviewed on a per job situation. Any work performed on your heating system should be performed by qualified and experienced personnel only. Comfort-Calc or it's personnel accepts no responsibility for improper information, application, damage to property or bodily injury from applied information found on this website as it should be reviewed by a professional. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Blank R-Value Chart
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blank Worksheet
 
Disclaimer: The information found on this website is for informational purposes only. Any and all preventive maintenance, service, installations should be reviewed on a per job situation. Any work performed on your heating system should be performed by qualified and experienced personnel only. Comfort-Calc or it's personnel accepts no responsibility for improper information, application, damage to property or bodily injury from applied information found on this website as it should be reviewed by a professional.