Profile: South Dakota home remains warm with Icynene despite winter blizzard Atlas
In early October 2013, the strong winter blizzard Atlas hit the western part of South Dakota dumping more than four feet of snow in some areas. Together with the snow, the blizzard brought brutal wind chills and thousands of homeowners across the region were left without electricity for weeks. Furthermore, the severity of the blizzard also killed thousands of cattle in the region.
Rewind to August 2012, when homeowners Cory and Annie from Lead in South Dakota, had their home insulated with Icynene spray foam insulation and then again had their garage insulated with Icynene spray foam insulation in August 2013 mere weeks before blizzard Atlas hit. The homeowners worked with licensed Icynene spray foam contractor, Five Star Insulating Inc, to have their 4,000 sq. ft. home sprayed with Icynene Classic. Five inches of the open cell spray foam was sprayed in the roof to achieve an R-value* of 18.5 with a further four inches in the walls and three inches sprayed in the basement walls. Impressed with the performance of the insulation, Cory and Annie had the team from Five Star Insulating work on their 3,300 sq. ft. garage.
When the winter blizzard hit, the ferocity of the blizzard knocked out the electricity leaving Cory and Annie without power for six whole days. Left in the dark, the homeowners used their natural wood fireplace to keep the house warm. The house maintained a comfortable 70oF throughout allowing the homeowners feel warm in their home despite the freezing temperatures outside.
The newly insulated garage impressed the homeowners even moreso. Even without a heat source installed, the garage was able to maintain a temperature of 52oF thanks to the air-sealing and insulating properties of the Icynene spray foam insulation.
* R means resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. Compare insulation R-values before you buy. There are other factors to consider. The amount of insulation you need depends mainly on the climate you live in. Also, your fuel savings from insulation will depend upon the climate, the type and size of your house, the amount of insulation already in your house, and your fuel use patterns and family size. If you buy too much insulation, it will cost you more than what you'll save on fuel. To get the marked R-value, it is essential that this insulation be installed properly.