08 Jan Denis Vranich: Spray Foam, the Versatile Insulation You Need
With much of North America preparing for the onset of winter, many people are looking for ways to reduce electricity and heating costs during the colder months. Of course, being environmentally conscious while doing so is also important.
One of the most cost effective and versatile ways to reduce heating and cooling costs is insulation. Blocking and sealing any cracks and gaps that let heat escape in the winter and cool air seep out in the summer can reduce energy costs and make any home more efficient and environmentally friendly.
Spray foam, one of the most popular forms of insulation in North America, can be used in existing homes and new builds, making it easily adaptable and ideal for a variety of projects, including reducing ice damming.
“A poorly insulated attic greatly contributes to the problem of ice dams,” said Ted Medord of U.S-based Profoam, a leading provider of SPF products and services. “Spray foam can eliminate this problem when installed in attics. The interior of the home stays warm, while the attic is allowed to adjust to the outside temperature enough to keep the dams and icicles from forming.”
Using spray foam can also increase the value of your home, especially if you are using a green certified foam insulation product and company. According to Regreen, a program created by the American Society for Interior Designers and the U.S. Green Building Council, those looking to get spray foam installed in their home should use insulation that has recycled content and is formaldehyde free.
While being relatively new to the market, spray foam is already making an impact in terms of reducing carbon footprints and energy costs. A spray foam study conducted in three climate zones in America found, “the results show that reduced energy and environmental impacts in both residential and commercial insulation installations far outweigh the impact associated with making the insulation.”
Spray foam is also being used throughout California as the state pushes toward its goal of zero energy homes or homes that produce their own energy. As the popularity of spray foam increases, we are seeing homeowners and business owners turning to the versatile insulant in greater numbers.
Spray foam can contribute significantly to reducing the environmental stress that the world is increasingly facing. Turning to spray foam insulation ensures that your home or business will reach the highest standards of energy efficiency resulting in a reduced carbon emissions.
When I learned the many benefits of spray foam, I looked to integrate this new technology into my business at UrbanLife Residential. Since then we have used spray foam in our new builds and renovations and we remain pleased with the results.
For those interested in learning more about the many benefits of spray foam, I recommend contacting a licensed spray foam company that is certified to apply the foam in your area.