It’s a little known fact that almost 40% of the energy used in Pensacola homes and businesses for heating and cooling is wasted by air infiltration. And that’s not from the little cracks and crevasses in your home’s structure – it’s because traditional insulation, well, sucks. But there’s a sweet solution. It’s called spray foam insulation.
Fiberglass and cellulose insulation can’t prevent air from flowing through the gaps in your walls, ceilings and roof. There are many measures you can take as a homeowner to ensure your house is air-tight. Spray foam insulation is one of the best.
Isn’t that how the saying goes? Anyways, spray foam insulation delivers the one-two knockout by acting as both an insulant and an air sealant. That’s a real MVP. Not only does it keep air from escaping through gaps and holes you don’t even know about, it also keeps the cool air in and the hot air out (or vice-versa) much better than traditional insulation materials.
And by much better, we mean much better. Mucho mejor, señor.
According to the EPA’s Energy Star program, a homeowner can save up to 20% on monthly energy costs by insulating and sealing air leaks. Now think about your last month’s energy bill. Multiply that by 0.20. What would you do with that extra cash on a monthly basis?
This illustration to the left (or above, depending on which device you’re using to view this awesome website) is showing heat (or cool air) loss in a typical home. Most houses have uninsulated cavities, a lack of loft insulation and no draught-proofing measures in place.
By insulating the areas in the home where the cool air escapes most, you can make the largest impact on your energy savings, home comfort and your carbon footprint.
More than half of your home’s energy consumption goes into heating and cooling. Investing into the proper insulation can allow you to save bigly, I mean YUGE, as The Donald would say.
Looking at the diagram, if you were to only insulate your walls and roof, you’d already be knocking out more than half of your energy losses. Don’t hate, insulate!
This is one of the many questions savvy homeowners ask about SPF insulation. In short, yes, spray foam insulation is safe. While some of the chemicals combined to create the insulation are known to be dangerous to human health, once the installation process is complete, polyurethane foam does not leave behind or emit any harmful chemicals.
Spray foam insulation contractors wear protective gear when installing the insulation. Residents are asked to leave the home during the spray foam installation and should remain away from the property for at least 24 hours after the job is complete.
Once the spray foam has been installed and cured properly, it should not release fumes or odors. Poorly applied spray foam can reek. Be sure your contractor has a proven track record of well-done installations. Read below for more tips on how to go about getting spray foam insulation installed correctly in Pensacola.
The latest measurements and estimations suggest that 30 to 40% of total energy loss in a home or building is due to air infiltration. Unlike it’s flakey relative (fiberglass), spray foam insulation covers every cavity in your roof and walls. That means no more air leakage for you, and huge savings on your electric bills.
Sprayfoam insulation is durable and generally lasts the life of your home. This means that you will have the insulation long after you have gained back the cost of the spray foam insulation through decreased energy costs, so that the insulation more than pays for itself. And once you have the insulation in place, it is maintenance free, unlike cellulose which can sometimes move or settle into certain areas or become dirty and need to be raked back into place or replaced.
Sprayfoam insulation also doesn’t draw pests and is not a resource for them. Bugs are not attracted to spray foam and don’t eat through it, and mice can’t settle in it or use it for bedding. This, along with blocking cracks and crevices where bugs and mice may enter, can help keep your home pest free. This can help decrease overall home maintenance costs. Plus, you get to live with fewer pests and critters – a definite win-win.
One benefit that is often not mentioned or thought about when considering insulation is sound control, but it is a very important one. Foam insulation can help keep sound from traveling from one room to the other. It blocks air that can carry the sound and absorbs sound waves. Minimizing sound between rooms is just one more way to make your home more comfortable.
As you know, Pensacola has a relatively wet climate. Although we get more sunny days than the rest of Florida, we still have our share of humidity. This moisture is what causes the deterioration of buildings and the buildup of mold in drywall, wood and carpeting. SFI prevents air moisture from seeping into your home.
By sealing your home, sprayfoam insulation not only keeps air from escaping, it also reduces what comes into your home, including dust and pollen. This can help keep your house cleaner and less likely to trigger dust and pollen allergies. This is an air barrier benefit that other forms of insulation can’t provide.
The side benefit of providing a moisture barrier is that mold has less opportunity to grow. Moisture is needed for most types of mold to proliferate, and keeping moisture out can help keep your house mold free, which is an important goal for every homeowner.
Sprayfoam insulation not only prevents heat transfer that occurs through air flow, it also prevents heat transfer from conduction. Conduction occurs when a surface heats up and transfers heat through physical contact. In the summer, the outer part of your roof heats up in the sun and transfers that heat by conduction into the attic. With sprayfoam insulation, that transfer is blocked and the attic stays much cooler.
Since sprayfoam insulation can make your home quieter, cleaner, and help provide a more stable temperature with reduced drafts, the overall general coziness factor of your home is significantly increased. You probably love your home more already just thinking about how much nicer it would be with sprayfoam insulation.