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New insulation comes in handy for residents living near noisy airports

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New insulation comes in handy for residents living near noisy airports

What do residents in Louisville, Ky., Inglewood, Calif., and Charlotte, N.C. have in common? Besides living near major international airports, homeowners in these communities are also the beneficiaries of grants that install free soundproofing upgrades. Homes near airports are exposed to a barrage of noise pollution living so close to jets and runways - the federally funded upgrades highlight one of the most underrated benefits of improving your home's insulation. A high-end insulation material, like spray foam, offers sound dampening qualities in addition to improving your home's overall performance.

Millions go toward insulation installs
A recent string of federally sponsored insulation installs speaks highly of spray foam insulation's ability to prevent both airborne and indoor noise pollution from penetrating walls and bothering those inside. According to The Courier Journal, the Kentucky Regional Aviation Authority continues to offer free insulation upgrades for those living in neighborhoods east of Louisville International Airport.

Likewise, Charlotte's Federal Aviation Administration runs a free insulation program for residents living within a certain proximity to Charlotte Douglas Airport, said NBC Charlotte. Similar programs are available across the country - The Federal Aviation Administration and Los Angeles World Airports have recently made over $44 million available to pay for added insulation in Inglewood homes close to LAX, reported MyNewsLA.com.

Spray foam also helps control indoor temperatures
In addition to equipping your home with extra soundproofing, open cell spray foam insulation can also help you make your home more efficient. The insulation has a high R-value*, meaning that spray foam is excellent at slowing the passage of heat in and out of your home. Spray foam's expanding installation method creates an airtight seal that helps manage the home's drafts and leaks as well. These properties make indoor temperatures in your home more stable, helping to control heating costs.

The benefits of spray foam don't come to an end with the winter season - an airtight seal and upgraded insulation will also keep your home cooler during the summer. The multifaceted advantages of spray foam insulation provide you with a chance to make your home greener, quieter and more comfortable with a single installation. Talk to a professional Icynene installer for more advice on how spray foam insulation can make your house more efficient.

* 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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