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Save in the summer by insulating this spring

Don't sweat it if you've been putting off your insulation upgrade since last fall. Even with winter on its way out, there are many energy-saving benefits associated with improving insulation in your home. After all, the same insulation that protects your home from the winter chill also performs double-duty during the summer. Consider the year-round efficiency bump that a high R-value* solution like spray foam can provide before you decide to shelve your insulation investment for fall. Read on to learn more about why new insulation is one of the most practical home improvement choices you can make for this spring.

"New insulation is a practical home improvement choice for spring."

Solving heating and cooling challenges helps to reduce costs year-round
Many homeowners are unaware that high-performance insulation like spray foam insulation boast benefits that help keep their home comfortable in every season. According to homeowner resource, the insulative properties of spray foam are capable of minimizing the heat that travels from the summer swelter and into your home. As a result, reduced demand on a home's cooling system allows the system to run more efficiently, and this performance improvement can contribute to savings each month.

That's not the only way that spray foam insulation can help to control your cooling expenses this summer. One of the key features of spray foam is the insulation product's ability to expand upon application. The expansion allows the material to fill cracks and gaps between the walls, filling up spaces that might allow hot air to come in from the outdoors and compromise the efficiency of your home's air conditioning system. Remember that correctly installing spray foam insulation to eliminate the holes in your home's thermal envelope requires a professional. Contact a licensed Icynene contractor if you decide that a spray foam upgrade is right for your home.

Choose a spray foam solution that's right for your home's needs
There are two spray foam insulation types to choose from, closed-cell and open-cell. Both can provide reliably for your home, but each has its benefits that might make one a better fit for your home over the other, noted Green Building Advisor. While closed-cell insulation has a greater initial upfront investment cost, it provides a higher R-value* and adds structural integrity to interior walls such as those in the basement. Open-cell insulation, on the other hand, with a lower initial investment cost, offers vapor permeability which is ideal for areas where moisture accumulation is likely to cause damage between the walls. Getting in touch with a licensed spray foam professional can provide you with more information on the advantages of each solution.

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Don't neglect attic insulation before the summer arrives
Spray foam can also help improve the performance of your home during the summer by making your attic more efficient. Daily Finance explained that an improperly ventilated attic cause significant problems and could lead to the need for extra repairs. Lack of or inadequate attic insulation can make it easier for the air in your attic to skyrocket in temperature. Also, too much hot air in your attic could eventually lead to condensation problems and the risk of water damage.

That's why adding spray foam to the attic makes a smart complement to your upcoming spring insulation project. The potential for savings and ability to prevent interior damage makes spray foam insulation well worth the investment. Considering both of these home performance-enhancing projects will help make this summer one  of the coolest you've ever had.

* 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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