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Quick tips on how to effectively plan Icynene spray foam insulation upgrades

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Quick tips on how to effectively plan Icynene spray foam insulation upgrades

When it comes to enhancing the value and comfort of a home, it's often the things that homeowners don't see that can have the biggest impact. Adding new windows and doors are great passive additions to any infrastructure challenge, but to really get your money's worth with home enhancement, Icynene spray foam insulation is the best option.

Simply applying Icynene to every available surface is a great option, but not every type of material is ideal for your project. It takes careful planning and considerate consultation with a certified Icynene contractor to come up with a solution that best fits your various needs and your house.

Here are some quick tips that can help you understand your Icynene options:

Not all insulation is equal
Spray foam insulation is available in a variety of densities and with various construction properties. As Bob Vila Online states, it's necessary to consider the R-value* and the type of cell structure spray foam offers.

  • Closed-cell foam offers high R-values* and structural support
  • Open-cell foam provides breathability and affordable prices
  • High R-value* materials have greater density and withstand the coldest weather
  • Lower R-value* spray foam costs less and fits any interior structure

With Icynene light density open-cell spray foam insulation, an R-value of 3.7 per inch* provides greater performance and durability than traditional materials like fiberglass and cellulose. Consider the benefits each spray foam insulation type offers before making a decision with your contractor.

Return on investment
Icynene spray foam insulation provides a huge return on investment, whether it's being added to a new home or one that's stood for 100 years. Bob Vila's blog mentioned that only about 20 percent of all homes built prior to 1980 have the right kinds of insulation in them, so people in antique buildings are almost guaranteed to be wasting money on their heating and cooling bills.

That's because older insulation products allow interior conditions to easily mix with outside environments. Typical traditional solutions are overly permeable, letting moisture and temperature changes pass in and out of a home like particles through a sieve. Icynene spray foam insulation on the other hand creates a solid barrier all throughout the walls, floors and other areas of a building. This repels negative exterior elements and allows residents more control over their HVAC systems. The end result is that people can save up to 50 percent^ on their regular home maintenance expenses.

Meeting building requirements
There are constantly changing code guidelines that homes must meet for insulation levels, heating management and overall carbon emissions a building exudes. These various requirements are enacted on both the state and federal level, making it increasingly difficult for architects to meet these demands and residents to improve their dwellings to the proper levels.

The Department of Energy stated that it's necessary to focus on areas like moisture control and air sealing in a building, especially in parts of the country that are more prone to extreme weather. In fact, different parts of America have varying degrees of R-value* requirements, meaning what may work for people in Florida may not be an ideal solution for homeowners in Maine.

What's more, Energy​ Star showed that the parts of the country where R-values* are lower can vary even from one county to the next. It's essential for residents to pair with a certified Icynene contractor to ensure the best compliance and comfort for a home, no matter where it's located.

* 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.

^ Savings vary. Find out why in the seller's fact sheet on R-values. Higher R-values mean greater insulating power.

 

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