Even though most homes today have numerous electronic and smart devices that are always on, it is not these things that account for the largest portion of a home’s energy usage. Rather, heating and cooling are the largest part of a home’s energy costs, averaging at least 50% of each bill, if not more.
With energy costs increasing at a steady pace, you may have noticed your energy bills have also gone up year over year. As a homeowner, what can you do about it? Is there anything you can do to lower your heating and cooling costs without having to sacrifice your comfort?
Yes, there is by having spray foam insulation added to your home. For years, spray foam has been used in commercial buildings due to the ease of installation. In more recent years, the word has gotten out about the many benefits of spray foam insulation over fiberglass, cellulose, closed cell, open cell, and mineral wool.
Benefit #1: Superior R-Value
The R-value is the resistance of the insulation to prevent and stop heat loss. The higher the R-value the better the insulation. For example, fiberglass insulation has an average R-value of around 3 for every inch of insulation. On the other hand, spray foam insulation has an R-value between 5.5 and 8 for every inch of spray foam insulation.
Benefit #2: Does Not Loss Effectiveness If It Gets Wet
Regular insulation loses its ability to prevent heat loss if it gets water or water damaged. Not spray foam insulation. Since it becomes more like a solid when it dries, water cannot penetrate into the insulation and damage it.
Benefit #3: Creates an Air Barrier
Another great feature of spray foam insulation is it seals of all air gaps to create an air barrier in your home. You no longer will feel those “cold air” drafts that you might feel now because you only have rolled, or loose-fill insulation installed.
Benefit #4: Improves the Structural Integrity of the Home
Since spray foam insulation adheres to the interior of walls and floors and expands to fill in all spacy, it basically becomes part of the structure of the home. As a result, the strengths of floors, walls, and ceilings are also improved.
Benefit #5: Creates a Moisture Barrier
Unlike rolled, or loose-fill insulation that leaves gaps to allow moisture into the home, spray foam seals up all openings. You will notice the humidity levels inside the home are easier to maintain and your home feels more comfortable after installing spray foam insulation.
Benefit #6: Helps Keep Pollen Outdoors
If you suffer from spring-time pollen allergies, you will be glad to know that spray foam insulation you eliminate all potential entry points for pollen to get into the home. As long as you keep your windows and doors shut, you won’t have to worry about your pollen allergies flaring up as much.
To get these great benefits and others, please feel free to contact FoamWorks at 416-855-3626 to request a free quote for your Mississauga, Oakville, Newmarket, Georgetown, Toronto, or GTA area home today!