Saving money with easy winter tips from Icynene
Saving money with easy winter tips from Icynene
There are plenty of problems homeowners can encounter when trying to deal with winter temperatures and storms. Some of the worst are those that point out the weaknesses of a home, as these issues are often related to the lack of proper insulation throughout a house. It's important to take the right steps well before an arctic freeze or a harsh snowstorm hits to ensure that buildings are properly protected from the worst that nature can throw at them.
Having the right combination of upgraded infrastructure with better windows, doors, HVAC systems and other enhancements can have a significant benefit on interior comfort. Plus, adding Icynene spray foam insulation can enhance the return on investment for all of these improvements as well. Here are some top tips for improving heating and cooling in terms of finances and infrastructure protection.
Improving basement situations
It's common for builders to add some insulation to finished basements, but even these assets rarely provide total coverage of walls, floors and ceilings in these subterranean areas. The Ottawa Citizen reported that it's wise to get an assessment of basement areas to ensure that there's a thorough coating of spray foam insulation from floor to ceiling behind drywall underground and that there isn't a vapor barrier just blocking out moisture. Icynene spray foam already does the job of stopping moisture from getting into a building thanks to its air barrier, making these wasted spaces even more useless. It's better to install spray foam and create better coverage throughout a basement area for year-round protection and savings^.
Adding the appropriate amounts
Putting in more insulation is a good idea, but just layering in more and more substandard products will never offer the return on investment that a targeted Icynene spray foam insulation installation can offer.
With old materials like vermiculite, fiberglass and cellulose materials, there's a limited amount of R-value* available through continued layering of these resources. It's better to upgrade with Icynene, as spray foam offers better R-value* and air sealing without taking up unnecessary space. What's more, it's important to use the right balance of air space and insulation to create properly protected attics and wall spaces. Therefore, adding a compact, efficient material like spray foam insulation provides the best return on investment for maintaining heating and cooling while maintaining internal comfort.
Stopping infrastructure issues
One of the leading problems homeowners encounter in the winter months is the extreme issues that weather can cause. These factors include snow, sleet, ice and extreme cold, all of which deliver different impacts on housing infrastructure. Whether it's keeping out moisture, sealing in heat or generating a barrier against the wind, residents need a material that can stand up to the brutal punishment that many areas deal with annually.
News Net 5 reported that adding the appropriate kind of insulation throughout a home can prevent pipes from freezing and bursting as well as other kinds of cold-related damage throughout a building. Icynene spray foam insulation generates even better protection than traditional insulation options because it fills every crack and crevice, creating a complete cocoon for houses to weather out the winter. The end result is reduced heating bills, as well as less likelihood of having to call in a repairman to handle burst pipes or other issues.
Talking to a specialist
Consulting with a certified Icynene contractor is the best way to ensure that a home is properly protected from top to bottom, inside and out. These professionals look for every weakness in a home and point out all the ways that spray foam insulation can improve interior conditions. What's more, talking to an insulation specialist ensures that all potential problems are detected and remedied before they become issues, thereby furthering the return that investing in Icynene can offer.
* 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.