Insulation and Snow—Similarities to Make You Smile

Using insulation is a crucial part of the building process in Utah, but you may not know that insulation has a lot in common with snow—the very substance you use insulation for.  Here are three key similarities that might make you think about insulation the next time you see snow.

Using insulation in Utah—particularly in Utah County—is a vital part of your building and home protection process. But snow and insulation have some great similarities that might make you think of one when you see the other.

First, snow affects sound. Freshly fallen snow has a blanketing effect, muffling sound so that the entire world seems quiet.  Insulation, of course, is used for sound dampening between floors and between walls.  However, unlike insulation, snow can also amplify sound. Due to its crystalline structure, once it has fallen and frozen, it actually makes sound waves travel farther and sound clearer.

Second, snow warms you up.  Snow is mostly air, and air that is trapped will act just like insulation—trapping air so the warm stays on one side and the cold on the other. In fact, snow is such a good insulator that BBC Earth says igloos can be 100 degrees warmer on the inside than on the outside in snowy conditions.

Third, snow can actually come in different colors.  If snow comes from water with algae or moss in it, it can be blue or green or even pink. If you want to know your color options with insulation, talk to us about what kinds and what they can do for your home.

One final fun thought about snow: singing loudly or yelling won’t actually cause an avalanche. BBC’s article on snow says you need pressure and temperature fluctuations for that.

(citation: BBC Earth, “17 surprising facts about snow” by Dale Shaw)

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