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Foam Insulation

What is the best way to reduce your natural gas and electric bills, reduce your overall energy consumption, and help the environment? Adding home insulation! A home lacking the proper insulation will have more expensive air conditioning and heating bills, because the interior air can easily leak outside while outdoor air seeps in. This causes your HVAC to work harder and use more energy. In fact, a home without proper insulation can lose as much as 40-percent of its interior cooled or heated air. That’s a lot of wasted energy and money!

 

Determining a Home’s Resistance to Heat Flow

Homes with the most protection against the outdoors will be fully insulated in the typical trouble spots, including the basement, crawl space, attic, walls, ceilings, and floors. To determine if your home is fully insulated, an insulation contractor needs to determine your insulation R-value, or its resistance to heat flow. The greater the R-value, the more insulated and protected the home will be. For homeowners in states with extremely hot or cold climates, such as sunny Texas or chilly Alaska, having sufficient home insulation is of the upmost importance. The average home in the United States should have attic insulation R-value between R-30 and R-60. To determine your state’s recommended insulation R-value, visit the U.S. DOE website or consult with a home insulation contractor in your town.

 

What is Foam Insulation?

There are many types of insulation; some types are better suited for a particular area of a home, while others are more suited for a particular climate. Foam insulation is, overall, one of the best types of insulation available for consumers. Like other insulation-types, home foam insulation protects a home against outside hot and/or cold temperatures. Foam insulation also reduces air leakage and accumulation of moisture, and helps to soften outdoor noise. While home foam insulation is typically more expensive than fiber insulation, foam insulation is often more effective at protecting one’s home against outdoor weather.

 

There are five main types of home foam insulation: spray foam insulation, blown foam insulation, rigid foam insulation, open cell foam insulation, and closed cell foam insulation. Consult with a home foam insulation contractor to determine which type of foam insulation is best for your home and the area in which you live.

 

How to Choose a Home Foam Insulation Contractor

It’s one thing to choose the correct type of insulation with the appropriate insulation R-value for your home, but it’s quite another to select the best home foam insulation contractor to install the material. When researching foam insulation contractors, it’s important to find the most experienced and honest foam insulation contractor in your town. To do this, read online reviews, check with the Better Business Bureau, and ask your co-workers or neighbors for recommendations. Once you’ve narrowed it down to two or three foam insulation contractors serving your town, call each one and inquire about their company history, experience, prices, and installer certification. Remember: don’t be afraid to ask questions!

 

Eliminate Drafts and Ensure a Comfortable Home with Foam Insulation

You may want to install home foam insulation to your brand new home, or you may want to add home foam insulation to an older home for additional protection. Whatever your reason, foam insulation is a great way to lower gas and electric bills, increase your home’s R-value, reduce air leakage, and make your home more comfortable year-round!

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