Spray Foam Insulation's Benefits
Why You Want a Comfortable, Healthy, Money-Saving Home
- Lower Energy Costs
The number one reason people invest in spray foam insulation is to save money on heating and cooling in their home. The U.S. Department of Energy has urged homeowners to seal their homes with this secure insulation, which can save up to 40% on heating and cooling bills. In addition to energy savings, Foam It Green also provides a number of other benefits to make your home more secure and more valuable.
Foam it Green spray foam insulation provides a 100% air tight seal to prevent cold air from getting in during the chilly winter months, as well as keep heated air in, and also keeps cool air in during the summer. It serves as an essential barrier around your home, both in lived-in spaces, and unused spaces like basements and attics. Foam it Green closed cell spray foam also doesn't absorb moisture, helping to prevent mold and mildew. The same formula makes a tight barrier against bugs, and also stops allergens from seeping in.
The U.S. Department of Energy states that 40% of the energy in a home can be saved by sealing air leaks. With energy costs skyrocketing, this makes it more and more important to plug the hole in your pockets.
- More Comfortable
Spray foam provides a tight air seal, and a home without air seeping through it is much more comfortable. First, it retains the conditioned air that you set on your thermostat. So, your thermostat no longer says 70 in the winter as you shiver with drafts and wear long johns because it's 55 in your home.
Second, spray foam removes drafts that are distinctly annoying and noticeable. Cold floors are not very pleasant - just imagine if your floors actually were room temperature like they should be. You'd let your kids play on them again. Friends and neighbors come over and envy your draft free rooms and warm floors.
When your energy costs are lower, and you don't feel drafts, and you don't worry about mold or moisture or pests, you're just going to be more comfortable. That's easy to take for granted. However, peace of mind is truly a wonderful thing.
- Higher Resale Value
2008 Research shows that 80% of Americans are willing to pay more for a green home. That means energy efficiency not only saves you money month after month, it also puts more money in your pocket when it comes time to sell. That's like owning a stock that puts large dividends in your pocket each month and goes up in value considerably.
The slime and grime every home owner fears. Mold destroys a home's value and can be very expensive to remediate.
It's also a significant health risk and can force people to move out of their homes while still having to pay the mortgage. Mold comes from moisture that can't escape the home. A properly sealed and insulated home resists mold because moist air doesn't infiltrate.
Spray foam is both an air sealer and a high R-valued insulator, all in one. Closed cell foam doesn't allow moisture to be trapped within it or pass through it, so it provides the best guard against mold and mildew.
The cheaper insulations trap particles that serve as food for the mold spores, almost like a spider's web holds food for the spider. Rigid and solid insulation leaves no room for this "food" to exist within them.
- Pest Resistant
Most insulation doesn't offer a barrier to insects or rodents. The fact is insects and rodents want inside your wonderful home for very good reasons. Let's call it the survival instinct. It's comfortable, there's plenty of food, and it's safer than being outside where they're at the bottom of the food chain. Having dense, rigid closed cell spray foam insulation provides a solid barrier to entry that makes it harder than it's worth to get in. They'll look for an easier port of entry, perhaps at the home next door.
- Fewer Allergies
If your home is breathing like most unhappily do, you're letting in outside air and dust. This can lead to allergies or at the very least, it prevents your home from providing a nice retreat from allergies outside. Thankfully getting your home the very same air barrier that saves money and makes it more comfortable using spray foam, also makes it much healthier for you and your family to live in.
- More Desirable
Not only will people pay more for energy efficient homes, they want to pay more. That means your dollar saving home is more attractive to buyers. Not only can it fetch more money, people are going to want to compete for it more. It's more comfortable, it has substantially lower energy bills, it's mold and moisture and pest resistant, and so on. The days of uneducated home owners buying empty walled homes are coming to a close very quickly.
"My husband and I bought our dream cabin, built in the 1920s, that had never been lived in year around. There was no foundation, the cabin was built on rock and dirt. The pipes, usually drained in the winter, were under the cabin, completely exposed to the elements, yet inaccessible. We used the Foam It 202 Polyurethane Spray Foam kit to build a "foam foundation" around our cabin, spraying foam around the perimeter, and under the floor boards. Since we put in our "foam foundation" the weather at 8500 feet has been frosty and the wind ferocious. The pipes have not frozen and we have toasty warm toes in our dream cabin. Thank you Foam It Green! "
Michelle and George H.
Estes Park, CO
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