With some of the highest R-values of insulation available, insulation with spray foam will increase performance and comfort. Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is flexible insulation and sealant that can provide a continuous air barrier, including floors, walls, and concrete slabs, on numerous surfaces in homes or buildings.
On This Article:
- Closed cell and open cell
- Return on Investment through Energy Saving and Cost-to-Value Return at Resale
- Air leak and infiltration
- Energy savings
- Thermal performance and R-value.
- Environmental impacts of spray foam insulation
- How can you improve air quality in your home?
- Why choose Eco Spray Insulation?
Closed cell and open cell
Open-cell foam is typically around 30 percent less expensive and per inch has a lower R-value than closed-cell. A thicker layer needs to be attached to an open-cell because of the lower R-value. This is why it lends itself to areas that have more space, such as attics, ceilings, and floor joists.
Closed-cell foam is more expensive, but the investment pays off at a higher R-value per inch. In addition, due to its ‘sticky’ properties and rigidity once cured, it can also give enhanced structural integrity to walls and ceilings.
Return on Investment through Energy Saving and Cost-to-Value Return at Resale
The immediate and long-term benefits of SPF insulation, particularly in extreme and/or very humid climates, outweigh the initial higher upfront cost. From lower monthly energy costs to savings associated with not having to replace other forms of insulation every ten years or so, savings will be made. With SPF, less use will be made of your HVAC system, extending its life.
You might also be able to downsize your HVAC systems if they need to be replaced, where and where. In short, the average life-cycle expense of SPF is lower than other kinds of insulation. Spray foam is also environmentally friendly because it lowers the expense of home electricity, protects against moisture and mold, and lasts forever, ensuring fewer products go to the landfill.
It would be easy to keep an SPF-insulated home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The house is not going to be drafty or have hot and cold areas, and living in it would be more convenient. Most home insulation schemes tend to have a net positive ROI in the right markets in terms of cost-to-value return on resale. In Canada, it’s really common to have highly competitive home energy upgrade rebate schemes, in which the insulation of a home is typically at the top of the list.
Air leak and infiltration
Due to air leakage, up to 40 percent of the energy of a building is lost. Gaps and air leakage make it possible for costly heating and air conditioning to go to waste and to raise energy bills needlessly. The Energy Department reports that 56 percent of the energy in a household is used for heating and cooling.
The spray foam insulation resists heat transfer and insulates and seals holes as an alternative to conventional cellulose and fiberglass insulation. SPF provides a close barrier that eliminates the entry of hot and cold air, vapor, and moisture into the interior of a house. It can be an efficient sound barrier as well.
In order to have a consistent air seal, spray polyurethane foam expands to insulate and fill cracks and gaps when applied. According to The Energy Department, using spray foam to reduce air leaks in walls and roofs, could save up to 15 percent on heating and cooling costs for a typical homeowner. So more money in your pocket.
Spray foam isolation can be used to seal areas where air leaks are commonly involved, including:
- Vents for plumbing
- Attic hatches, hatches
- Holes for wiring
- Behind Pillars of Knees
- Rim basement joists
- Doors and windows
- A recessed light, flue furnace, or chase away ducts
Thermal performance and R-value.
Compared to other types of insulation of comparable thickness, spray foam insulation provides excellent thermal efficiency and the highest R-value (a measure of thermal resistance) per inch for greater possible energy saving. The higher the R-value, the greater a material’s insulating properties.
R-values for spray foam insulation range from 3.5 to 7 per inch of thickness, and some spray polyurethane foams provide the same energy savings in half the amount of space that may be typically required.
Environmental impacts of spray foam insulation
Homeowners are becoming more aware of their carbon footprint as environmental issues continue to grow. A smart place to start your eco-friendly journey is to invest in proper insulation for your home. You reduce your energy consumption by insulating your house, in exchange for lowering your environmental impact.
Inquisitive consumers are curious as to how insulation is impacting the environment. Some may think you only have two options: use an excess amount of energy due to poor insulation or subject the Earth to the environmental impact of insulation materials. For various uses, there are many different forms of insulation available, but you will want to ensure that you get a quality product that takes the cradle into account for significant environmental impacts. Harmful insulation would not be a choice if you deal with the right company and they use suitable materials. This article takes you through spray foam isolation and its impact.
Typical Lifetime of Insulation
The International Association of Accredited Home Inspectors reports that it will last for more than 80 years to spray foam insulation, wrap tape, and house wrap insulation. This may seem like a long period of time, but many homeowners ignore the history of their land.
How can you improve air quality in your home?
Flame retardants and chemicals with high levels of volatile organic compounds may be released by improperly installed or old insulation (VOCs). VOCs are carbon-based chemicals that, like formaldehyde, can quickly transform into gases or vapors. Replacing the insulation is one of the most helpful ways to boost a home’s indoor air quality.
Spray foam is a common type of insulation, but if it is not properly designed or the chemical mixture is not at an accurate ratio, it may obstruct the curing process by exposing the area to a variety of possible threats. Off-gassing concerns or the release of chemicals that can pollute the environment and are dangerous to ingest may be several risks.
The insulation industry is more informed about the effects of chemicals and has established new quality standards through studies and technical developments over the years. If the insulation in a home is old, elements of installation methods or chemicals that are no longer of an appropriate standard may be used.
Why choose Eco Spray Insulation?
You just need to make one call, and we’re going to manage every part of the work-no need to call several separate companies if not just spray foam insulation is involved in the job. For your particular application, you can choose between a number of insulation solutions and choose the one that best suits the unique objectives and budget of your project.
When you choose to work with Eco Spray Insulation, you’ll have full confidence in who shows up to do the work. Our team is thoroughly educated and individually certified, and we employ great installers. Our customers depend on us for every job to consistently offer the highest standard of quality and service.
Our dedication to satisfying the needs of our customers is evident in everything we do. We provide clear and concise written estimates for you to review before any work begins. You can reach us at 416 860 6664 or email us at [email protected]!