Would it possibly make sense for me to use aerogel as a seasonal window quilt? It may depend critically on some other factors; if so, what are they?
In particular, I have heard that aerogel designed for insulation has the following properties which led me to consider it. Are these accurate?
- I have heard that it is translucent.
- I have heard that it squishes fairly well against irregular surfaces and does not lose much of its insulating value when compressed.
- I have heard that it is fairly resistant to coming apart if it catches on stuff.
- I have heard that it has an r-value of about 10 per inch or more, under "normal" conditions.
- I have heard that it is less likely (given current knowledge) to pose health risks than fiberglass.
- I've heard that it can be had for about $30 per cubic foot in 2020.
I'm pretty sure that "aerogel" is a pretty broad class of materials. If I am looking for "insulating aerogel," what descriptors should I look for to make sure I am not buying some other kind of aerogel?
It is possible that this question has too many "subcomponents" and will need to be split up; sorry if that's the case.