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Make your home as comfortable and protected as possible with spray foam insulation

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Make your home as comfortable and protected as possible with spray foam insulation

The middle of winter may not seem like an ideal time to upgrade your home's insulation, but improving the R-value* of your home and keeping drafts at bay can help you lower your heating bills for the rest of winter and better prepare your home for the summer. You may be interested in weatherproofing your home simply to make the indoors more comfortable.

Either way, adding spray foam insulation is one of the most effective ways to defend your home from the chilly winds of winter. Read on to learn why spray foam insulation from an industry leader like Icynene can make a difference in your home.

Spray foam expands into a reliable air barrier
The Baltimore Sun noted that properly installed spray foam is especially effective at providing an air barrier, preventing air from traveling in and out of the home.

Spray foam insulation helps the home improve energy efficiency by expanding 100 times its size upon installation, filling every nook and crack that might allow warm air to escape the home during the winter or let warm air into the house during the summer. The air barrier provided by spray foam insulation also has the added benefit of reducing the amount of allergens and other inhalants entering your home that could degrade the indoor air quality.

Design and installation promise lifetime performance
The National Association of Realtors noted that spray foam offers the benefits of insulation and air sealing in one material. Added to this, spray foam can deliver consistent performance for the life of the home, assuming the insulation is installed by a trained and licensed professional.

Professional expertise is needed in renovation projects when spray foam is being added to a finished home. Using a professional helps the homeowner avoid rookie mistakes or risks as well, especially when spray foam must be applied near the home's plumbing or electrical systems.

The extended benefits of properly installed spray foam insulation include improved protection from indoor mold growth and the flexibility necessary to maintain a complete air barrier as other building materials seasonally shift. These advantages, along with the energy efficiency gained by sealing your home, make spray foam insulation from Icynene well worth the investment.

* 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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