When building the home of their dreams or updating their current home, people are looking for ways to be more energy efficient. Energy efficiency not only helps the environment, but it also decreases the amount spent on utilities monthly. For those homeowners, spray foam solutions can be what they are looking for when installing insulation.
What is Spray Foam Insulation?
Much like conventional fiberglass insulation, spray foam seals ceilings areas, attics, walls and floors against air movement. Spray foam is typically made of chemicals that when combined produce a foam that fills any crack or crevice. Spray foam comes in two different forms. Open cell spray foam is light in density making it more pliable. This pliability allows this foam to fill smaller spaces more securely. Closed cell spray foam is denser in nature and has a surface that is more resistant to both temperature changes and moisture from the environment. Unlike conventional insulation methods, spray foam will not settle over time, maintaining its shape and ability to resist air movement.
What are the Benefits of Spray Foam?
When heating and cooling a home, the movement of air through crevices and gaps can affect the house’s ability to maintain a constant temperature. Conventional insulation can leave small gaps in the areas it is meant to seal, but spray foam leaves no openings when properly installed. This complete seal keeps a house cool during the summer months and warm in the winter, decreasing the need to adjust a home’s thermostat. Spray foam can also reduce the amount of moisture that may build up inside a home due to excessive airflow. By decreasing moisture, the spray foam also reduces the development of mold in the home.
When looking to make your home energy efficient, you have options. While switching to energy efficient light bulbs and appliances can help, changing to spray foam insulation can also have an impact on your monthly utility bill.