If you are discussing R-value, you should have or should be addressing sealing any open areas where the insulated thermal curtains or panel system meets the interior of the structure. The jump from R-1 to R-4 increases the insulation level enough to get you approximately 10 more degrees of temperature differential between the two sides of the insulated panel / barrier and will go a long way to minimize condensation on the warmer side of the thermal industrial curtain wall.
The addition of thermal insulating curtains to a space makes all the difference when utilizing the system as a space divider. Not only do the industrial thermal curtain walls create separate spaces tailored to your business needs, but also act as a climate control barrier, in which your curtains can efficiently insulate a given area from the ambient temperature of a general area. This type of temperature zoning creates an environment that is suitable for your product, manufacturing processes, storage issues, and many other different types of functions that require areas with different types of temperature separation requirements.
While the R-1 and R-4 rated thermal insulated curtains are considered, at very least, a minimal amount of R-value, the effects of stopping air movement are significant. Just by using a single layer that has optimal edge sealing, you can greatly reduce your company’s energy costs. This provides you and your company the ability to reallocate resources elsewhere, create functional spaces to meet the demands of your business, and to take the industrial thermal curtains down easily to re-configure or use at your next facility. It is also a more economical option relative to the construction of a permanent wall.
R-value is the measure of heat transmission / loss through a given material. Our light insulated thermal curtain is rated R-4, which translates to maintaining a 10-15° difference between two areas, assuming that all edges are sealed and there is adequate conditioned air input to achieve a 10-15°F differential.
If your application inside of a warehouse or manufacturing type building, you will most likely be dealing with a convection heat transfer issue. The lofted type insulation used in our light insulated thermal curtain combats convection heat transfer very effectively. The greater the desired temperature differential, the more R-value you will need to maintain adequate temperature zoning.