The Importance Of Insulation
The building shell of your home provides the structural barrier between your home’s interior and the rest of the world. It should be able to keep out unwanted air infiltration, moisture, and slow down the flow of heat through the wall. One major part of your home’s building shell is the insulation in both the walls and the attic. When your home is well insulated, it ought to stay warmer during cold winter months and cooler in the summer.
Spray Foam Insulation Characteristics
Closed-cell spray foam, particularly that from Gaco, has the highest yield of R-value per inch of insulation applied. That means that it requires less physical wall cavity space to meet and surpass the code requirements. When cured, the closed-cell spray foam does not possess thermal conductivity, which means heat will not be transferred through the insulation. Certain spaces in a home such as basements or crawl spaces are prone to losing heat regardless of how much heat is added to the room. By spraying basement floors and walls with closed-cell spray foam insulation, this loss of heat and energy could be avoided.
Air Sealing With Spray Foam Insulation
To keep your home as energy-efficient as possible, you must seal off unfinished areas to prevent unwanted air-infiltration. Common places where this may occur in your home are crawl spaces, attics, and basements. Using either open-cell or closed-cell spray foam insulation will allow you to seal off these areas from the main living space. Air sealing your home not only makes the building shell more energy-efficient, but it also helps to improve the energy-efficiency of your HVAC system. Don’t let the air that you are paying to warm or cool your home slip out into the areas where it isn’t needed. Contact our home energy improvement experts at SumZero Energy Systems today to have an energy audit performed on your home. This energy audit will allow us to find the air tightness inefficiencies of your home that could be solved by air sealing with spray foam insulation.
Higher R-values, requiring less material to be used.
No thermal conductivity to keep heat in and out.
Sealing capabilities for air tightness.Energy-efficient to save you money.
Creates a vapor barrier that prevents condensation.
Quicker installation times to help stay on schedule.
How Green Construction Can Help Reduce Carbon Footprints
You may have heard the phrase “reducing your carbon footprint” come up in a conversation about climate change. This is due to the fact that carbon dioxide is one of the major greenhouse gases affecting our planet. While a certain amount of carbon dioxide is vital in the atmosphere, over time, too much CO2 has started to be emitted into the atmosphere, causing negative effects on our environment, such as global warming.