Spray Foam Insulation Can Keep You Toasty This Winter
With the severe storms and bitter cold in some states, homeowners are discovering drafts in their house that they never knew they had. Homes that are poorly insulated become extremely uncomfortable during the winter months. With the arrival of Old Man Winter, poorly insulated homes become truly uncomfortable as well as expensive. Like the rising energy costs, effective winterization of your home can increase your cost savings. No matter if your home is fueled by gas or uses electricity, you can make a large dent in your winter heating bills by ensuring your home has proper insulation.
Those who have had their home refit with spray foam insulation will have no problems riding out these chilly months. There are a number of advantages to spray foam insulation, but the highest among them is the higher R-Value. The R-Value is a measure of the effectiveness of an insulation material. Spray foam insulation is about 6.0 to 7.0 compared to an approximate value of about 3.5 for fiberglass insulation. For any type of insulation to achieve its rated R-value, it must be properly installed. If any type of insulation becomes compressed, moist or is installed with gaps or “voids,” its performance drops significantly.
Cracks or poorly fitted corners in fiberglass insulation can undermine the effectiveness of the insulation. Spray foam, because of the application method, naturally eliminates the problem of leakage. It’s much easier to fill up small leaks and drafty structures with foam, which physically expands to fill the available space. Spray foam insulation is used to seal off your home and prevents cold air from infiltrating inside. The traditional fiberglass insulation is stapled or installed into wall cavities leaving gaps. Spray foam adheres to walls and floors creating a tight seal and effectively cuts off air leakage. With less cold air entering your home, your heater works less allowing you to keep your heating bills low.
Spray foam insulation also acts as a barrier against moisture as well as air. If moisture seeps inside your home, dangerous molds and mildew could grow in your home and pose a serious health risk for you and your family. Bacteria is transported through the air and when it lands on a damp spot inside your home, mold and mildew can begin to grow on wood, carpeting, food and even paper. Moisture and condensation can also cause damage to the home’s foundation, weakening its structural integrity. Using higher density spray foam within your walls adds rigidity and reinforces both the exterior sheathing and the studs. With this addition, there is less wall movement from wind and vibrations. The added structural reinforcement gives your home greater protection against severe weather occurrences. Spray foam insulation can also be used to reduce sound, making your home more private from room to room. Upgrading or adding more insulation can help you reduce your energy bills and live in a more comfortable home. Especially if you need insulation in CT.
Having a home energy audit performed can help you locate all the places in your home that could use some energy upgrades and will help you better understand how each system in your home affects the others. The team at Dr. Energy Saver Central Virginia is your trusted energy savings expert. They understand the importance of energy conservation in addition to achieving more affordable energy costs and want to make this possible in all homes. Contact them today for your FREE home energy evaluation.