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Right-sizing air conditioning with Icynene spray foam can lead to summer savings

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Right-sizing air conditioning with Icynene spray foam can lead to summer savings

When it's cold outside and snow's in the forecast, many homeowners are primarily concerned with how to keep in the heat and push out the chill. In some places, these conditions are only a few short weeks away from the shift toward warmer weather. Focusing just on heating and ignoring the cooling aspect of HVAC equipment could cost residents both comfort and money when winter winds give way to heat waves.

Upgrading to Icynene spray foam insulation can gives owners a better grasp on their heating and cooling management. This insulation material can reduce heating and cooling bills by up to 50 percent^ by enveloping a building of temperature management, blocking air particles and allergens, deterring pests from nesting and eliminating air leaks.

Picking the parts
Insulation should be a major consideration when upgrading other parts of a home in preparation of summer. The size of the air conditioning equipment that goes into a home can be appropriately sized if a homeowners has Icynene spray foam insulation in their home.

Economic Times wrote that there are a variety of different units homeowners can choose from, ranging from single-room to full-house models that provide various levels of cooling. Icynene spray foam insulation can help determine which air condition system the house requires.

Choosing the most cost-effective model for a home depends on the size of the space being cooled, but central AC is often the most effective in terms of cost and demand. Picking the right one for your home is a personal choice, but remember to look for basic features like variable speeds, thicker pads and automatic controls for various points in the system. This will make setting and maintaining the hardware much easier, as well as providing more cooling management throughout the summer. Plus, the air sealing qualities of Icynene spray foam insulation means that homeowners can opt for a smaller unit that performs far more efficiently than a larger unit that is too big for the home's true requirements.

The whole package
As Arizona Family pointed out, it's not just the kinds of tools that have the biggest impact, either. Sometimes it's more about where spray foam insulation is added, and the kinds that go in these crucial spots.

In these cases, checking the areas that are most prone to leaks or heating and cooling control problems is necessary for ensuring that residents are actually getting what they pay for. The attic is a prime spot for such problems. During the summer, heat can radiate through the roofs of many houses, causing the upper portion of a home to become much hotter than the rest of the house. Even though heat rises, this still results in a temperature imbalance that makes it harder to control the temperature in the rest of the home.

Adding the right R-value* of spray foam insulation is also important. This number can vary throughout different parts of the country - for instance, as Arizona Family stated, the range in Arizona is between an R-30 and an R-60 - but this isn't true of all states or sometimes even various neighborhoods.

Talk to a certified Icynene contractor about the best ways to go about improving your home insulation situation before the spring thaws and first hot days of summer. An expert can help you determine where in your house to look for leaks, upgrade existing fixtures and can implement the best in Icynene spray foam insulation installments so that you can enjoy a cool summer.

* 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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