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Use Icynene to make insulating smarter, not harder

Increasing the efficiency of a structure requires adding better insulation products. Some homeowners may think that simply layering more insulation on top of existing fiberglass may do the trick, but this doesn't create the best air seal or even promote better heating and cooling efficiency. If anything, such a move could be considered a waste of money, as there won't be nearly as much return on investment for these projects as using a superior spray foam insulation material.

Making home happier
In order to create a better solution for home heating and cooling, owners need to start from the ground up and work with all new products. That means removing less efficient traditional insulation in walls, attics, roofs and crawl spaces or basements and replacing it with Icynene spray foam. That way, air leaks and drafts are sure to be blocked, mold can't grow in these spaces and pests have no chance of sneaking in. Even if a homeowner was to layer huge amounts of fiberglass or other, less efficient products throughout the spaces in their walls and attics, it would never provide the same return on investment or efficiency as spray foam.

That's because rather than just creating piles of insulation, spray foam fills the space in order to ensure that there are no leaks. This product is applied as a liquid foam that expands and fills every nook and crevice, allowing for  coverage around any interior structure, such as air shafts or electrical elements. It covers every inch of an attic and coats beams, roofs and joists for a seal that keeps heat out in the summer and holds it in during the winter. When this same effect is mirrored throughout a home, the efficiency of heating and cooling can amount to significant cost savings at every time of the year.

Accommodating for climate
This kind of efficiency is particularly important in areas where extreme weather is common. Certain parts of the U.S. are known for high heat in the summer and frigid temperatures in the winter, while other areas simply experience broad, sweeping changes in climate every few months. When the weather is at its worst, Icynene spray foam insulation can ensure that heating and cooling are maintained continuously.

As Arizona Central Online wrote, this is especially important in the southwest where summer heat can be particularly hard on residents. The source stated that applying a more efficient blown insulation or spray foam is the best way to improve cooling efficiency, with particular focus on attic enhancements. Homeowners should pay attention to the R-value* of their insulation products to ensure that they have the best resources available for keeping in their air conditioning. The source stated that Arizona attics should have an R-value* of around 60 or higher, though some parts of the state range closer to 30 or 40 units. This high range ensures that hot air is kept outside and cool A/C is kept inside the house.

Icynene medium and low-density spray foam insulation is right in this range, making it perfect for Arizona homeowners. People who live in similarly extreme climates where temperatures are often at one end of the thermometer or the other can also appreciate the high R-values* that Icynene spray foam offers. Adding these products to attics and walls ensures a air seal throughout a house that allows owners to experience the greatest return on investment possible. Adding Icynene allows residents to run their HVAC resources less often with better results, creating a more comfortable living environment no matter where a house is 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.

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