Insulating your house is known to help reduce your monthly energy bills. With the use of spray foam as the insulating material, this is known to be one of the more cost-effective ways of doing so. Even though there are multiple factors that affect the charges on your energy bills, one of the large issues deals with the inefficiency caused by the entry of hot or cold air, depending on the season. Canada is famous for having extreme climate changes all throughout the year. This causes any heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems installed in your house to possibly react to the temperature changes that may happen within the premises. This article will discuss more about spray foam insulation and how it will be able to help reduce the amount you pay for your monthly energy bills.
What is Spray Foam Insulation?
Before going into the reason why spray foam insulation can help reduce your energy bills, you should first familiarize yourself with how spray foam insulation works in a closed environment. Spray polyurethane foam is a well-known product that can insulate both heat and sound. Spray foam insulation is used by spraying a mix of chemicals, isocyanate and resin, on different surfaces within your home. It can be sprayed on to walls, ceilings, attics, basements, or any other surfaces that may possibly contain gaps and cracks where air is able to pass through.
After being applied to the surfaces, a foam-like texture is formed. This would then act as a barrier and prevent hot or cold air from entering the area. This can be used in houses, offices, and even garages. Spray foam insulation can either be made into two forms: Open cell form and closed cell form. Open cell form is mainly used in wall cavities, basements, or attics. This form has a soft and low density which makes it best used for internal applications. Closed cell form, on the other hand, can be used for both indoor and outdoor application. This form is made up of cells that have been pressed together, creating a more rigid and stable form. This is able to prevent moisture from penetrating through surfaces.
Why Use Spray Foam Insulation?
Even though there have been multiple forms of insulation developed throughout the years, there are some areas that other forms are not able to completely seal. The most common type of insulation that is being used is a roll or batt of insulation material that can be made from fiberglass, plastic fibers, or different kinds of minerals. Though this form is effective for insulating large areas, there is still a possibility that it may not be able to cover the cracks and holes located in hard-to-reach places. With the chemicals from spray foam insulation taking some time to form into the foam-like texture, the product is able to enter those places that cannot be fully sealed by other forms of insulation material.
How Can Spray Foam Insulation Reduce Your Energy Bill?
Insulating your house is a must if you are located in countries like Canada. Efficient energy consumption is needed not only for environmental reasons, but it will also help you save some money which may be used to pay for other necessary items. Energy bills are reduced because spray foam insulation is able to effectively prevent air leakage. This would then mean that the usage of your HVAC systems would be optimized throughout the year.
With the laws of thermodynamics, it is a known fact that hot air naturally flows into areas with lower temperature. This phenomenon causes any HVAC system installed in houses to react to such changes, which may become inefficient when there are cracks or spaces that allow this hot air to pass through. Spray foam insulation helps mediate the way HVAC systems would react to such changes. Canada is known for having both summer and winter seasons. These two seasons are known to be the peak usage of any of the HVAC systems.
- During summer, if there is no proper insulation installed on your house, the air-conditioning system will constantly try to pump out cold air to specific areas in the house. This happens because hot air coming from outside will continually flow into the house, which would then create hot air pockets that would trigger the air-conditioning system that the temperature set in the thermostat has not been reached. The more the air-conditioning system works, the more electricity is used up, which would also increase your energy bill. Even small cracks can cause this inefficiency. Spray foam insulation will ensure that these areas are fully sealed so that the air-conditioning system will be used efficiently and would only use up electricity when needed.
- The same process also happens during winter. The warm air inside the house will try to escape outside where the environment is cooler. Having a properly applied insulation material would prevent the warm air from escaping and make the heating system inside the house run efficiently.
Spray Foam Insulation is Effective When Installed Professionally
Even though spray foam insulation may cost more than the other forms of insulation material, the effectiveness it has in making sure that your house will be able to keep hot air from escaping or entering your house is definitely worth it. You may be tempted to perform the actual application by yourself since it may seem easy to do. However, you should also consider the preparation and hazards that may be involved during the application because the process involves the mixture of chemicals. It is highly recommended that you have professionals do all the work to ensure that the product will be applied properly without anyone getting sick.
A simple mistake like applying too much spray foam can cause the product to not dry accordingly, which would result in a certain bad odor that will not go away. This will make the house unlivable and extra work will have to be done to remove, clean, and reapply the spray foam material on the affected surfaces.
If you are currently interested in having your house, office, or garage applied with spray foam insulation, you can contact Foam Insulation Company at (416) 880-1927.