Is Spray Foam Insulation Right for Your Home?
If you've noticed that your home is losing heat and your heating bills are going up, you may want to invest in spray foam insulation. The experts at Van Natta Mechnical can install spray foam insulation but is this energy efficient air tight barrier right for your home? While some may be wary about the cost and commitment required for a full insulation installation, the benefits far outweigh the initial cost.
Spray foam is a type of insulation consisting of two materials that chemically react by expanding and hardening when combined. This type of insulation can be very effective because it provides a very tight seal due to the expanding nature of the spray foam. In addition to insulation, it can act as a barrier to moisture, thereby deterring mold growth and even dampening sound.
Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation acts as a very powerful and efficient insulator. Because it expands when applied, it fills areas that would normally be left exposed by other types of insulation. It also has the highest resistance value rank of any insulation type currently available. Because of its great insulation properties, spray foam will provide you with incredible energy savings. While some insulation types like fiberglass provide only about 30% energy savings, spray foam can save you up to 50% off your heating and air conditioning bills, depending on the extent of the application and installation. Common areas where air in a home can be lost are attic hatches, wiring holes, ceiling light fixtures, chimneys, window joints, and plumbing vents. Since spray foam expands to fill cracks and other leaks, it can act as an air-tight seal. Spray foam has been shown to be 24 times more effective at blocking air than other types of insulation.
While trapping desirable air inside and keeping undesirable air outside your home is the number one priority and function of spray foam insulation, it is also extremely effective at preventing moisture from entering your home. The same cracks, holes, and spaces that allow air to enter can also allow rain, dew, and melting snow to enter. Spray foam is completely impermeable to water. Not only will it prevent humidity from entering your home, but it will not absorb water from large amounts of rain, flooding, and melting snow and ice. Because of this great water resistant property, spray foam is an incredible mold deterrent. In addition, the materials that make up spray foam provide no source of food for mold or bacteria.
If you decide to go with spray foam insulation for your home, contact the spray foam insulation experts at Van Natta Mechanical. Our insulation experts can provide you with an estimate and consultation to help you decide if spray foam is right for your needs. Contact us today by filling out our web form, or give us a call at 201-391-3700.