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Understanding R-value helps quantify spray foam insulation investment

Knowing the facts about home improvement and heating and cooling costs helps builders make the right choice when selecting insulation products. With Icynene, insulation performance issues are minimized significantly, as the spray foam expands to fill every gap and reduces the chances of drafts or poor living conditions to home efficiency.

Understanding home values
One of the most important elements in the insulating equation is the R-value* of the items being used in walls, floors and other spaces. If these products don't have the right level of performance, it's easy for companies to install solutions that don't carry the same kinds of benefits that Icynene offers. A high R-value* is the best indication of a strong positive impact on the structural integrity and overall heating and cooling efficiency of a home, but there are other important factors to consider when selecting an insulation type such as air-sealing qualities.

Typically, the higher the value associated with a product, the better it manages heat and cold. This is ideal for homeowners interested in increasing the green nature of their houses while significantly reducing total utilities bills. Icynene spray foam insulation provides an ongoing return on investment, as a single application throughout a home provides years of benefit in terms of better HVAC efficiency and less running time of hardware to receive the same internal temperatures. This is thanks to both the product's R-value* and its air-sealing qualities. Both are important for an insulation to perform at its optimal level.

Accounting for compliance factors
As QC Times reported, though, builders should be mindful of more than simply aiming for a high R-value* in terms of the Icynene spray foam insulation they acquire. Specifically, these products should be weighed against where in the country these products are being used. In many cases, certain parts of the United States have different requirements for what range of R-values is acceptable for commercial and consumer use. These values are in place to ensure that homes are properly insulated, providing enough protection against the elements so that houses and businesses are considered safe for habitation.

The amount of insulation and R-value* varies based on the kind of insulation used as well. Older types of insulation require a much greater thickness in order to meet quality standards. Such applications can become much more expensive to perform, as more product must be purchased in order to meet state and federal compliance guidelines. It also hinders the addition of better insulation products to older homes because these structures require a minimal amount of disturbance to existing architecture in order to remain historical in nature. If homeowners need to start expanding walls and changing interior layouts in order to enjoy better heating and cooling efficiency, they may no longer be able to call their homes heritage or qualify for certain certifications like historical societies and the like.

The general measurement associated with appropriate insulation levels takes an R-value* of 2.7 per inch of fiberglass and compares it with 3.7 per inch with spray foam insulation. That means that it takes a noticeably smaller amount of Icynene spray foam to bring a home into compliance, maintaining heating and cooling power and ensuring that there is enough protection to beat any outdoor environmental conditions.

Promoting better utility bills and enhancing the efficiency of a structure is easy with Icynene. Calculate how much insulation is needed of every type using R-values to see what products are cheapest to install, easiest to maintain and provide the greatest return on investment. Icynene spray foam insulation is one of the best products for protecting homes and businesses in this respect, making it cost-efficient and great for structures of all kinds and ages.

* 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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