We’re a huge consumer of energy — in 2016, we consumed over 2,000 million metric tons of oil, second only in the world to China. Though we have plenty of infrastructure and needs that require large quantities of energy, there are also ways that we can cut back on some of our energy use — and save money. Did you know that the combined energy costs of industrial and commercial buildings (not even counting residential!) is around $400 billion? And almost 60% of the energy used in homes in the United States goes towards heating and cooling, per the Department of Energy. One way to cut energy costs is to have efficient heating and cooling systems — but also to make sure that your insulation is doing its job and keeping cold air or heat in, depending on the season. Spray foam insulation products are becoming more popular in this area.
How Does Insulation Help?
Insulation is designed to prevent thermal energy from going in and out of a home. Essentially, this means that in the summer, heat is prevented from coming in, and in the winter, heat is prevented from going out. This means that when your home is well insulated, you enjoy a more temperate environment in both the summer and winter, and you’re sure to see a reduction in your energy bills.
The cost of installing good insulation can “earn back” its cost in just a year — and given that natural gas and electricity seem to rise in price every year, it could be under a year!
Contractors are increasingly looking at spray foam insulation products as an efficient way of improving insulation, which we’ll discuss more below.
What are the Advantages of Using Spray Foam Insulation Products?
When it comes to insulation, you don’t want to pinch pennies. High-quality insulation can make a huge difference when it comes to your overall savings. Even if you pay a little more, you’ll earn it back in your energy savings. As mentioned above, spray foam insulation products have become increasingly popular as insulation for a few different reasons.
For one, the spray foam insulation gets in every crack and crevice — unlike fiberglass or cellulose insulation. This means that everything is insulated and air leakage is reduced. Furthermore, the total coverage can have an added benefit — that of sound reduction properties.
Allergens and pollutants might also be inhibited by the spray foam, and it won’t sag or settle over its lifetime once it’s applied. Furthermore, you can minimize the potential for ice damage, as well as the odds of mold forming.
Generally speaking, spray foam insulation is done by professionals — it’s not a DIY kind of project — which can ensure good quality installation. The contractor will also know what spray foam parts and equipment are needed to properly install, so you won’t have to worry about any of that.
What Do I need to Know About Spray Insulation?
There are two main types of spray foam — open cell and closed cell. It’s important that the foam is layered on thickly enough to cover all areas — for a larger area, you might need spray foam rigs.
It’s also worth noting that some spray foam is combustible, though there are flame retardants mixed in. Breathing in any burning foam, though, can be hazardous to one’s health. It’s also important that there are thermal barriers in place with spray foam — either prescriptive or non-prescriptive.
And, just like with any type of insulation, you want to make sure that you’re following code and staying up to date with any changes. Even if an inspector is lax, anyone filing a lawsuit won’t be, so you want to make sure that you’re protected.
If you’re looking for an excellent, total coverage insulation, consider looking into spray foam insulation products. They’re high quality, have many wonderful benefits, and you can expect to save a ton of money on your energy costs over its lifetime.