How Energy Efficient is Spray Foam Insulation?

It’s estimated that more than one-third of the energy in a building is lost due to air infiltration, caused by leaks, holes, gaps, cracks, etc. All of this can be prevented with correctly installed spray foam insulation. Whether you’re a homeowner or commercial building owner in Oakville, you can trust in the energy efficiency of spray foam insulation Oakville done right by Home Insulation Team.

Not only does spray foam provide insulation, it also acts as a good air sealant. If you are concerned about the high cost of your utility bills, as well as the overall performance of your HVAC system, here are some of the reasons why you might want to consider this type of insulation.

Air Leak Prevention

Spray foam can be applied on areas that would ordinarily be hard to reach, such as basement rim joists, open soffits, wiring holes, attic hatches, crawlspace walls, plumbing vents, etc. In commercial buildings it can be used in storage rooms, utility closets, etc. By using it to fill in such spaces, as well as gaps, the spray foam prevents air from leaking.

Heat Movement Resistance

Heat that is transported via air or water is blocked with this type of insulation. It keeps heat from escaping through the gaps in a building, keeping the interior nice and warm during winter months and helping to lower the heating bill. During summer months, heat from the outside is prevented from coming inside, thus lowering the cooling costs. It also helps to prevent the spread of fire and smoke, protecting the building structure from damage.

Moisture Control

Moisture within a building envelope is a huge threat to building durability and overall energy performance. It can even lead to health issues, ranging from allergy problems to asthmatic episodes, and make a home or office difficult and uncomfortable to be in. In addition to poor air quality and potential health problems, moisture can compromise the structural integrity of a building by leading to mold and mildew.

Controlling moisture in a building can make it more energy-efficient and less costly and more comfortable. This can be achieved by having the right kind of spray foam insulation installed properly in the relevant places.

In order to control moisture that is already inside of the home, it’s recommended that you have some type of mechanical ventilation in combination with the spray foam insulation.

Other Energy Saving Benefits of Spray Foam

  • Has a high R-Value (especially closed cell foam)
  • Minimizes condensation
  • Enables ventilation system to perform more efficiently
  • Decreases convective currents in attics and walls
  • Avoids thermal bridging

Signs That Your Home or Office Needs Better Energy Efficiency

  • High Heating/Cooling Bills
  • Drafty Rooms
  • Rooms that are either too hot or too cold
  • Uneven temperatures
  • Ice dams during winter
  • Dust problems
  • Mold problems
  • Dry indoor air during winter

When properly installed, foam insulation systems can last for decades. If maintained properly, they can last for the lifetime of the building.

Keep in mind that appropriate venting is required during the application process for safety reasons. This is why it’s important to have experts in Oakville to professionally install the spray foam insulation for you.