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Foam Your Home: How to Get Major Savings from Insulation

Posted by Becky Eades

Oct 1, 2015 11:00:00 AM



When building energy-efficient homes, one of the most important factors to consider is the type of insulation you use. By choosing spray foam, you can save a lot of money on your energy bills. As a result of using less energy, you'll be contributing less to greenhouse gas emissions, too.

Spray Foam Savings

To put in perspective just how much spray foam insulation can save you, consider the following. California is one of the most expensive states in terms of energy. Here, polyurethane foam insulation can help homeowners save about $900 per year on their energy bills. This really adds up year after year.

A Superior Insulation

How does spray foam do such a great job of lowering energy costs? To put it simply, it prevents air from leaking in and out of your home -- something that traditional fiberglass insulation is not particularly good at. Spray foam keeps the cold air outside, and the warm air in during the winter. In the summer, it does the opposite, reducing your cooling bills. This type of insulation literally forms a seal around your home, even filling in gaps and cracks that would otherwise allow air leaks.

The other way in which spray foam provides superior insulation lies in its high R value. The R-value is an indicator of how well the insulation is able to stop the flow of heat. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation. Spray foam's R-value is much higher than that of fiberglass insulation, and it remains almost completely stable from the time the insulation is installed until the time your home is dismantled. Other insulations' R-values may decrease over time.

To learn more about building energy-efficient homes with spray foam, contact NCFI Polyurethanes. We'll help you locate a licensed spray foam applicator in your area.

Topics: Energy Efficiency, Low Costs, R-Value, Spray Polyurethane