LOWER ENERGY CONSUMPTION
Whether it is whole home insulation, retro-fitting an existing attic or spraying foam in a basement, all solutions have a dramatic effect on your monthly energy consumption.
Typical applications may see a result of 50% reduction in heating and cooling costs. Important to note, is not only will a great reduction in energy consumption be produced, a vast reduction in your carbon emissions will also be seen in correspondence with the reduction of energy usage.
There are important differences to note between spray foam insulation systems and conventional insulation materials. The primary characteristic is that spray foam does not sag, settle, or shrink over time. Spray foam insulation is spray applied to fill cavities of any shape offering a continuous air barrier and it stays in place.
Because conventional insulation does not directly bond to the substrate, the chance of the insulation material sagging overtime is high. If conventional insulation is not properly installed around irregular framing areas or it sags in the wall cavity, voids of 1-2% can lower the effective R-value of traditional insulation materials by 25-40%.
In walls or ceilings insulated with porous insulating materials such as fiberglass, a poly vapor retarder is usually installed on the warm side of the insulation (that is, on the inside in heating climates and on the outside in cooling climates) to prevent condensed moisture from wetting the insulation. But because foam itself is resistant to water vapor, it may be possible to omit this added step. The question of whether to install a separate vapor retarder will depend partly on the specific foam you choose and partly on your local building inspector.
It’s an ideal insulating material for mixed climates, where the warm and cold sides of the building envelope reverse during the year. During the heating season, the vapor retarder belongs on the inside of the wall, but when the air conditioning kicks on during the summer, it belongs on the outside. This is a practical impossibility with permeable insulating materials. But because foam is uniformly solid, it resists the passage of vapor equally well in either direction.
Spray foam insulation may be the best thing for the environment in an array of environmentally-friendly products. It emits no CO2 of its own while it reduces heating and cooling related emissions by about 50% for new constructions and by even more in certain retrofit situations. Foam insulation will last for the life of the building, and will deliver peak performance. No formaldehyde, no ozone-depleting ingredients and no emissions of any kind - environmentally friendly.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), indoor air quality is a major concern. Spray foam insulation battles this problem in two ways. Foam insulation is devoid of emissions and contaminants. It also improves the situation by nearly eliminating all unwanted moisture intrusion and related mold issues. This is also good news for people suffering from asthma, allergies and other respiratory ailments.
Unlike more traditional methods of insulation in today’s markets, spray foam insulation is free of all HFAs, HCFCs, HFCs, and formaldehyde. Once spray foam has cured and is in place, the final product is chemically dead and contains no health risks.
Sound waves are transmitted by different media, including air. The most drastic noise dampening occurs when the home or building is completely airtight. The super soft nature of open cell foam insulation not only provides an extraordinary air seal but also absorbs secondary reverberations for excellent sound dampening properties.
ADD VALUE AND ENERGY SAVINGS
Installing closed cell spray foam in between studs will meet most R-value, air barrier and water vapor permanence requirements. A spray foam system also reduces the requirements of an HVAC system, allowing smaller systems to be used and also permits stud and rafter size reduction due to a high R-value.
Wall racking strength also increases to up to three times stronger than with conventional insulation in framed walls and with the restriction in air movement and moisture accumulation, the possibility of mold growth is extremely unlikely.
SEAL THE ENVELOPE AGAINST HIGH ENERGY BILLS
Spray foam is a high quality product that is the best insulating material on the market today. It is sprayed in place and expands immediately after being applied, to fill in all voids, gaps, and cracks.
Spray foam insulation meets the latest demand trends for energy-efficiency and green construction. Unsurpassed air barrier and high R-value gives spray foam a distinct advantage over other insulating products, providing homeowner’s financial savings of 40% or more off of their heating and cooling bills