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Adding comfort comes naturally with Icynene spray foam

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Adding comfort comes naturally with Icynene spray foam

There's a smarter way for people to stay warm when the temperature drops. Finding safe, cozy places to hunker down and wait out the weather is an instinctual response. In fact, when the thermometer starts to drop, people have found ways to protect themselves from the elements, such as adding more insulation and putting distance between them and the cold. Today it's much easier with the addition of modern spray foam insulation from Icynene.

Learning from the past
According to Lancaster Online, the ancient Egyptians started the practice of putting insulating materials throughout their houses almost 4,500 years ago. The Egyptians used asbestos, but they also had much more minor temperature drops to deal with than residents closer to the Arctic circle. Norsemen also dealt with extreme weather, but in their cases they simply built their homes deeper into the ground. They also employed materials like mud, hair, straw and dung, all materials that aren't necessarily the most sanitary or practical. Still, it shows that individuals have always sought inventive ways of incrementally controlling their own climates, thereby generating more habitable and hospitable spaces.

Modern insulation materials are far better at handling temperature fluctuations than their ancient predecessors. Some houses still use outdated materials, showing that it's about time homeowners to start thinking about upgrading to spray foam. While paper and wool may have made due years ago, new substances offer much better protection and superior heating and cooling control as compared to the items used in the past.

The Lancaster Online pointed out that R-values should be a consideration of modern insulation upgrades. Older substances are able to reach levels that barely pass muster in some parts of the country, meaning homeowners aren't getting their money's worth on heating and cooling due to the insulation they have. Over the last few decades, technology has come a long way in developing new and innovative materials for promoting the management of HVAC systems.  What's more, people are more concerned than ever about reducing environmental impacts while still upgrading their housing. This has made Icynene spray foam insulation a superior product for meeting all these needs.

Upgrading for the future
Icynene spray foam insulation provides superior R-value* per square inch compared to older forms of insulation. This insulation creates a solid barrier between the indoors and the outside world, allowing the interior environment to remain comfortable. Spray foam creates a high-value insulating barrier that resists heat transmission and doesn't permit moisture transference, thereby ensuring ongoing comfort in any season.

When air is able to move between areas, it can cause significant heat transference. This is how HVAC effectiveness is lost - instead of creating an ongoing homeostatic environment indoors, hot air tries to move to areas of colder air in an attempt to balance these two types of temperatures. It's impossible though for indoor heating and cooling to keep up with the demands of the great outdoors, so houses without proper spray foam insulation are constantly spewing resources through walls, ceilings, floors and foundations.

Talk to a certified Icynene insulation contractor to find out how best to remedy these issues. Locating weak spots in a home's armor such as cracks and crevices, older insulation products and gaps between new additions and the rest of the building can reduce outward airflow and help maintain heating and cooling costs. This simple upgrade helps keep people happy and safe while doing the same for their budgets.

* 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.

 

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