Whether you own a home or a commercial building, you’re likely concerned about energy costs. It’s one thing to ensure you are running efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. However, guaranteeing that the premises are well insulated is also crucial. Spray foam insulation is an excellent means of containing energy costs as well as keeping your building warm during the winter.
One of your concerns may be air leaking in through windows and doors. Not to worry, spray foam insulation helps protect against drafty conditions. Obviously, this includes the frigid inflow of air in colder climates. In warmer weather, spray foam insulation helps seal off the hot and humid air while keeping the cooler air in.
According to a report entitled “Energy Efficient Homes: The Duct System”, typical home duct systems lose 40% of heating or cooling energy. Spray foam insulation can help with this issue as well.
Spray foam will not only help in the efficiency of existing HVAC systems, but it can protect them for years to come. With this type of insulation, building owners are also able to purchase smaller units at a lesser cost.
Other Cost-Saving Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam is a special formulation that includes polyurethane. One of its advantages is that it takes up less space than other forms of insulation. Mold and mildew issues are also significantly reduced with the use of spray foam insulation.
There are numerous reasons that spray foam insulation is a great solution. For starters, it is targeted to potential problem areas, making it very controllable. It is considered a preferred alternative to fiberglass or blown in insulation. Spray foam insulation falls into two categories:
- Open-Cell: Open-cell foams are air-resistant and will absorb dampness. This is the less expensive foam insulation. It may not be as effective as closed-cell and therefore may require heavier spray foam application. Open-cell foams have a lower resistance to conductive heat flow, also referred to as a lower R-value. Yet, open-cell foams can be extremely flexible. When the building contracts and expands with the temperature and seasonal changes, the insulation will move as well without a destroying the seal.
- Closed-Cell: Closed-cell foams can actually act as a barrier against air and moisture. Although the initial cost may be more than an open-cell application, there is more of a long-term efficiency benefit. Closed-cell foams also have a higher R-value than open-cell foams. Like open-cell foams, it can reject bulk water, making it ideal for areas that are in a flood zone. It can also add wall racking strength as well as impact resistance.
If you want to learn more about how spray foam insulation saves money on home and commercial building energy costs, give our experts a call. Marvel Industrial Coatings is your source for spray foam insulation, truck bedliners, and much more.
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