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Spray Foam Insulation for Immediate and Long-Term Benefits - Boston, Worcester

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Spray foam insulation protects from both air infiltration and heat loss better than any other standard insulation. Its immediate and long-term benefits and advantages are based on convenience and efficiency; enough to outweigh the initial cost it requires for installation. Spray foam insulation is preferred more by homeowners and contractors because it is easily be installed in comparison to traditional insulation.

Installing spray foam insulation in your home will lower heating and cooling bills. Air-sealing with spray foam insulation improves your homes energy efficiency. This means you will use your HVAC system less often and more efficiently, resulting in significant heating and cooling savings each month. And, since the system does not deteriorate through time, the spray foam also promises long term savings.

Spray foam insulation in Boston and Worcester homes does not only save energy and cut electricity expenses, it also gives your home a comfortable indoor environment no matter the season. Spray foam insulation provides improved air quality because of the air barrier system it provides.

Another good benefit of the improved air quality and controlled humidity in your home is the elimination of airborne particles, reducing allergens in the air. Additionally, the decreased humidity reduces potential for wood rotting and molds. That is why, installing spray foam insulation is the best insulation because it fills even the smallest cracks, gaps or holes at home.

For more information on insulating a home, check out Custom Insulation.

Spray Foam Insulation FAQ's

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Does spray foam insulation release any Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)?

Polyurethane foam is not considered to emit VOC's. After curing there should be no emissions. To be sure, check with your foam supplier.

Can it be used to insulate underground water pipes?

Yes! Regional climate changes will be a part of the decision making process. During application, no moisture can be allowed on or in the foam until it has cured.

Should fiberglass insulation be removed before applying spray foam insulation?

Yes! If left in, there will be a problem with ventilation and temperature control. More clearly, the temperature of the attic floor will be different than amidst the fiberglass and the temperature amidst the fiberglass will be different than above the spray foam. The job of the spray foam is to balance temperature and humidity with the environment so condensation is prevented.

Does the surface where it will be applied have to be clean?

Yes! Any oil or dust on the application surface will prevent the spray foam insulation from adhering. A careful vacuuming job covering every nook and cranny will often be adequate.
For applications where the surface is steel (or any other metal) it is even more important for the surface to be free of dust and oil.

Does an attic need to be vented if spray foam insulation on the rafters?

That depends. If you are applying the spray foam to the roof deck and gable walls, then you want everything under that surface to be a part of the temperature conditioned space. Vents in an attic with insulation above it would be a waste of money. If you are applying spray foam to just the attic floor, then the conditioned space is below the attic floor. Vents will be necessary for preventing excess humidity.

There are likely many more questions concerning spray foam insulation. For more insulation contact Custom Insulation.

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