Adequate insulation is a must-have for any home to be comfortable, have lower utility bills and to conserve energy. If you are experiencing uncomfortable temperatures even with the air conditioning running full blast, it’s probably time to have the home checked.
Insulating Material Problems
When the insulating material in your home isn’t working at full capacity, there can be several reasons for the material’s inefficiency.
- Condition – If it’s been a while since insulation was installed, it may be time to replace your foam insulation. If you see signs of aging, such as crumbling and deteriorating material, it’s time to replace the old with the new.
- Improper installation – When the insulating material isn’t properly installed by professionals, it can lead to gaps and seams, which results in drafty rooms.
- Inadequate coverage – If temperatures vary room to room, it means there is an uneven amount of insulating material throughout the attic. A room that is too cold during the winter or too hot during the summer most likely needs more material installed.
- Energy bills – Two things to look for are continually running air conditioners and heating units and higher than normal utility bills. If your HVAC system or furnace is working overtime, it not only puts a strain on the equipment, it also increases your monthly utility bill.
An Insulating Solution
While there are several types of insulation material, one product that works as a sealing agent that provides complete coverage is spray foam. The material is composed of polyurethane foam and available as open-cell or closed-cell insulation.
Spray foam is used in, on and around multiple areas in the home as a tight insulator. The foam provides superior performance, resulting in a reduction in energy bills, better energy conservation, and a more comfortable home interior. Key insulating areas include:
- In the attic as a layer beneath the roof
- Contoured surfaces
- Interior walls
- Basement walls
- Cracks and crevices around windows
- Under floors
- Around venting
Open-cell foam is less expensive than closed-cell and the R-value is lower. This means when the insulating material is applied, thicker layers may be necessary to provide adequate insulating efficiency.
This type of spray foam insulating material has a higher R-value, making it more expensive. The foam is dense and adheres securely to surfaces. The extra denseness results in adding strength to structures such as ceilings, roofs, and walls.
Selecting Spray Foam
The type of spray form insulation (open or closed cell) to use for your home can depend on several factors.
Climate – For regions that experience significant changes in temperature, closed-cell spray foam is recommended to regulate heat and cold. Milder climates are eligible for the less expensive open-cell spray.
Water/Moisture – For applications in humid parts of the home, such as crawlspaces, the closed-cell spray works best, as it creates a vapor barrier.
Structural Strength – Closed-cell spray foam, once applied as a solid piece, becomes rigid, which adds strength to the structure.
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