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    This is a question I don't understand: After a heavy snowstorm some houses have lots of snow on their roofs while others do not. Which houses are better insulated?
    One answer I found that house with lots of snow are better insulated as they in more air but still it's confusing because other reports show that snow decrease the temperature...


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    There are many factors that go into that. The roof surface, the slope of the roof, the insulation properties, the angle relative to the sun, the wind during the snowfall....etc.


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    Snow itself is a pretty good insulator, so you have to take that into account. Otherwise igloos would not be practical at all, right?
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    Assuming other factors MeteorWayne mentioned are roughly similar, the houses with no snow are probably less well insulated to start with - the escaping heat has helped melt the snow. The houses with snow on were already better insulated and now the snow provides an extra layer of insulation.
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    I knew a guy who liked to drink his beer from a pewter mug. He thought it kept the beer colder. He said, just feel how cold it is.
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    Good one. Guy should go outside some night and feel the windowpane and the wall next to it sometime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    Assuming other factors MeteorWayne mentioned are roughly similar, the houses with no snow are probably less well insulated to start with - the escaping heat has helped melt the snow. The houses with snow on were already better insulated and now the snow provides an extra layer of insulation.
    Yeah, well put.
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