Category: spray foam insulation

Asthma? Allergies? Air Sealing Can Help!

It’s estimated that roughly 26 million Americans are affected by asthma or asthma-related conditions. When we combine these numbers with those who suffer from seasonal allergies, the numbers are even higher.

In the lungs of asthma sufferers, airways become irritated and more sensitive when pollen, dust, mold, and more impact them. These same triggers affect allergy sufferers.

Sealing a home’s air leaks can help improve indoor air quality by lowering the number of outside asthma triggers that can enter the inside of a home or building. By sealing air leaks and adding proper mechanical ventilation, your home’s indoor air quality can be managed and asthma and allergy sufferers can find some relief.

Spray foam insulation is a great option to both insulate and seal air leaks in one step. In fact, one of the key benefits of spray foam is improved indoor air quality. The material provides an exceptional air seal, works as a thermal barrier (insulator), and helps control moisture issues. This improved airtightness provides better control of indoor humidity, which reduces mold inside the home. It also dramatically reduces the number of pollutants that can enter the home (pollen, dust, etc.) and allows a home to have proper mechanical ventilation to filter the air and keep the interior air clean.

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How Spray Foam Helps Increase the Benefits of Air Sealing

The process of air sealing reduces the amount of air that transfers through your home. Air sealing is an important energy saving step that helps control energy costs, reduces drafts, helps keep out pests and allergens, and increases the overall air quality in your home.

Air can leak through cracks and openings around a building envelope. Air leaks allow conditioned inside air to escape your home and unconditioned air to enter. For many years air leaks were believed to allow adequate and proper home ventilation. Building science has proved uncontrolled air leaks can cause too much or too little air to enter or leave your home, resulting in poor indoor air quality.

Spray foam insulation is a one-step solution to insulate and seal air leaks. Spray foam insulation is applied as a liquid and expands to completely fill a cavity. When it expands, it naturally seals air leaks while adding R-value. Spray foam insulation can also increase building strength which can be beneficial during strong winds.

Interested in learning more about spray foam and getting an estimate for your next project? Contact us today and learn more.

Attic Insulation: Good, Better and Best

Blown-in insulation being installed in an atticWhen it comes home insulation, the first area that usually comes to mind is the attic. Airflow in buildings moves from ground to sky, naturally pulling conditioned indoor air up and out of the structure. By keeping conditioned air inside your home you can also reduce wear and tear on your heating system and help keep energy bills in line.

There are three common methods used to insulate attics – blown-in fiberglass, blown-in fiberglass with air sealing, and spray foam insulation. Here’s what you need to know about each:

Blown-in Fiberglass

Insulating attics with blown-in fiberglass insulation is a quick and easy way to add R-value. This is a basic method of attic insulation and a cost-effective option to upgrade attics in existing homes or insulate attics in new homes.

Blown-in Fiberglass with Air Sealing

Combining blown-in fiberglass insulation with air sealing dramatically increases a home’s energy efficiency. This method helps keep conditioned air inside the home and adds R-value. In an existing home, attic insulation is removed and penetration points around the attic floor are sealed. After air sealing is complete, a fresh blanket of blown-in fiberglass insulation is installed. In a new home, penetration points around the attic floor are sealed before blown-in insulation is installed.

Spray Foam Insulation

Installing spray foam insulation in the attic of a new or existing home provides optimal energy protection. In an existing home, insulation is removed from the attic and spray foam is installed along the roofline. In a new home, spray foam insulation is installed along the roofline as part of the construction process.

Proper attic insulation combined with air sealing is one of the most cost-effective ways to save money on energy bills.

Wondering if your home could benefit from additional attic insulation? Ready to discuss insulation for your new home project? Contact our office today! 

Three New Home Features that Save Money and Energy

If you’re building a new home, it’s the perfect time to integrate energy saving products and features. Taking time to select the right building materials and products now will pay off with increased indoor comfort and lower energy bills on day one. Here are three areas of your new home where smart energy investments will pay off:
  1. Insulation
    Properly insulating your home’s exterior can keep energy bills low. Consider upgrading your attic insulation, wall insulation and crawl space insulation during the construction process. Adding a professionally installed blanket of insulation around your home’s exterior will help keep energy dollars in and exterior noise out.
  2. Air Sealing
    Air sealing complements insulation by sealing penetration points to stop conditioned air from escaping your home. Some penetration points are visible to the eye while others are more difficult to identify. Tip: Choose spray foam insulation for your new home to add R-value and fully seal air leaks in one step.
  3. Doors and Windows
    Choose proper exterior doors and windows. Different sides of your home can be impacted by various weather factors including wind and sun. Consider the energy rating for windows and doors and the side of the home on which they will be installed. Be sure your insulation contractor fully air seals around all doors and windows.

Do you have questions about insulation and air sealing for your new home? Could your existing home benefit from air sealing and upgraded insulation? Contact our office – we can help!

Spray Foam: Insulate and Air Seal in One!

Air leaks occur as a natural byproduct of the construction process. Air leaks are exactly what you think: when conditioned air leaks from a home or unconditioned air leaks into a home.

Traditionally it was believed that these natural air leaks were the right way to ventilate a home. Today’s building science proves this isn’t the case. Uncontrolled air leaks by way of a “leaky home” can cause too much or too little air to enter or leave the home. Either way, this can result in poor indoor air quality.

Air sealing is the process of reducing the amount of uncontrolled air that moves in and out of a home. Sealing air leaks can reduce energy costs, help with inconsistent temperatures around a home, keep out bugs and outside allergens, and increase your home’s overall indoor air quality.

Spray foam insulation can insulate and air seal in one step. It is applied as a liquid and expands to fill a cavity. By simply insulating with spray foam, you are air sealing at the same time. If you are looking for a two-in-one product, spray foam insulation is your answer.

Interested in learning more about spray foam and getting an estimate for your next project? Contact us today and learn more.