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Check trouble spots in your home for energy savings

Some people think that houses always have drafts. A well insulated home, however, should never lose heating or cooling and never lets outside air in unless it's through an open door or window. Many homeowners may accept that their homes have drafts and air leakage problems, but there's no need to settle for an inefficient house when Icynene is in the picture. Applying spray foam insulation within a domicile is fast, easy and saves homeowners a great deal of money in the long run, paying for itself through reduced utility bills and boosting enjoyment of an indoor space.

There are certain spots in a house that are more susceptible to air leakage than others. Make sure you have Icynene spray foam insulation in all these areas to ensure the most efficient home possible.

In the attic
Older homes - and even some new construction dwellings - often have fiberglass filler forming a bed-like floor in their attics. Mother Earth News stated that attics are a major source of heating and cooling in-efficiency when they aren't insulated properly, as can be the case in many homes. Different parts of the country have various R-value* requirements, or optimal levels and types of insulation they should be using. Adding spray foam insulation in an attic can help improve overall HVAC power and usefulness, as well as cut down on energy bills. Heat rises, and so do heating bills when the attic is leaking air in the winter months. During the summer, being able to hold in the cold air from air conditioning can also be a problem if vents are losing all their power due to leaks in the attic.

Duct systems
These same channels of heating and cooling delivery are often the ones responsible for loss of efficiency. HVAC ducts are often just placed inside a wall, floor or ceiling, creating an empty space in these structures that must be warmed or cooled. Whenever the heat isn't running, these channels can cool very quickly unless they're properly insulated. As much as 15 percent of a home's heating efficiency is lost through these vents, making spray foam insulation essential for these areas. What's more, using Icynene instead of fiberglass ensures that the whole exterior of the duct is coated and sealed, leaving no gaps and adding minimal bulk to the overall structure.

Doors and windows
These are natural areas where homeowners would expect to see heating and cooling loss, but that should only be the case if they're left open. Buying Energy Star-rated windows and doors can help promote better climate control in a house, but spray foam insulation is essential to ensuring the space around these structures is sealed.

In some cases, windows and doors can each account for up to 10 percent of total heating and cooling loss in a building. Imagine cutting 20 percent off existing utility bills just by using better insulation products around doors and windows. With Icynene, insulation can easily be applied all around doors and windows, no matter where they're placed or how they're shaped.

Basements and crawl spaces
The spaces under a house are just as susceptible to major air leaks as the attic. These areas also are prone to moisture build-up, mold and other unpleasant features. Adding spray foam insulation removes the opportunity for pests to get into your basement and makes it impossible for water to seep in. It also ensures that your basement stays warm through the winter months, no matter where you live.

Icynene's range of products helps improve overall home heating and cooling efficiency. Checking the biggest problem areas can target where spray foam should be applied in order to improve comfort and cut bills.

* 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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