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Maximum energy conservation
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to 40% of the energy lost by a home happens through uncontrolled air leakage. When air leaks into or out of a home, the furnace or air conditioner must work harder to maintain the desired indoor temperature, wasting energy and money. Air leaks are a big energy waster and it can be difficult to stop all air leaks with conventional insulation, particularly in hard to insulate areas such as arches and domed or vaulted ceilings.
Spray foam can deliver a continuous air barrier to seal against energy-robbing air leakage. Spray foam insulation does not sag or settle. In addition to the immediate monthly energy savings of up to 50% that can be generated by a tighter building envelope, smaller (less expensive) heating and cooling equipment can be installed to save more energy and money. And federal or municipal energy efficiency incentives or rebates provide home- owners with even more opportunity to save.
Benefits for people with allergies, asthma, and respiratory diseases
People with allergies, asthma and certain chemical sensitivities have often found that, in buildings with spray foam, irritants caused by natural airborne irritants are reduced.
Pollutants and airborne allergens can penetrate even the smallest gaps in other forms of insulation. Airborne moisture can also infiltrate traditional insulation, sometimes leading to mold, which releases spores and potentially toxic substances called mycotoxins. Thanks to the superior air seal created by Icynene spray foam, dangers of inhaling these toxins and irritants are greatly reduced.
For all these reasons, spray foam is highly recommended for spaces occupied by people with allergies, asthma and other particular respiratory issues. In fact, Icynene spray foam was used to improve indoor air quality as part of the American Lung Association’s “Health House” program.
Air Quality Facts:
- We spend 90% of our time indoors.
- 15% of homeowners are allergic to their homes.
- 40% of kids will develop respiratory illness.
- More than 20 million people in the U.S. suffer from asthma.
- Medical costs for serious illnesses caused by poor indoor air quality total more than $1 billion per year.
- Lost productivity from those illnesses costs between $4.7 billion and $5.4 billion.
Indoor air quality (IAQ) affects every one of us, especially those with respiratory health issues like asthma and allergies. Protect your well-being by improving your indoor air quality with Icynene spray foam insulation.
Spray foam insulation and air barrier creates a thoroughly sealed environment. By eliminating air leakage, spray foam insulation automatically helps prevent the infiltration of the pollutants, outdoor allergens and moisture carried in the air. Plus, unlike some other insulation types, Icynene spray foam insulation is not a food source for mold or insects, which are common causes of respiratory irritation.
Keep pollutants out
For healthier air in your home, keep out pollutants – these can include
- Dust and dirt
- Mold and moisture
- Carbon monoxide
- Pollen and other allergens
You can separate breathing air from pollutants you can’t eliminate by air-sealing walls and ceilings between living spaces and:
- Combustion furnaces and water heaters
- Combustion closets
- Chemical storage areas
- Outdoor pollen and other allergens
Remember to use spray foam insulation not only on the exterior walls of a home, but also on interior walls, especially the types of places mentioned above. By using spray foam insulation as garage insulation, for example, you can help protect your family from harmful outdoor pollutants (e.g. exhaust) that might otherwise creep into your home unnoticed.
Spray foam will create an air barrier to reduce outdoor pollutants and allergens from getting inside. Used in conjunction with mechanical ventilation Icynene spray foam can make indoor air healthier than what you breathe outside.
Reduce exposure to mold allergens
Most of the moisture that gets into a home is actually carried in the air. Airborne moisture can condense on surfaces within the home and contribute to mold growth. Mold has been known to aggravate asthma or allergies, and cause symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing, and coughing. Spray foam can help minimize the flow of random airborne moisture entering your home, to protect against mold growth that may lead to these conditions.
Common insulation types such as fiberglass and cellulose absorb or retain water and provide a food source for mold – this can lead to mold growth, which can trigger allergies in the home. Use building materials that contribute to moisture management (like Icynene spray foam insulation) to prevent the growth of mold, which releases spores and mycotoxins into the air.
Avoid airborne irritants
Those concerned about healthy air can breathe a little easier in buildings insulated with the water-blown products offered by Icynene. Dangers associated with certain forms of insulation, such as long-term VOC emissions, were not observed in Icynene, according to extensive testing.
Icynene LD-C-50 features 100% water-blown technology. This technology utilizes a blowing agent that has the lowest Global Warming Potential (GWP) value of 1. Icynene products are classified as Low-Emitting Materials that contribute to a better indoor
Whether you just want a little peace and quiet or total soundproofing, insulation needs to address two main kinds of noise–airborne noise and flanking noise. Spray foam insulation reduces the transmission of both by sealing gaps and holes through which airborne sound moves within a home. This is especially true of light density, open-cell spray foam insulation, due to its natural sound-absorbing properties.
Airborne noise includes things like talking, stereos and televisions. Spray foam insulation dramatically reduces the transmission of airborne noise by sealing the cracks and crevices air would otherwise pass through.
Spray foam insulation installed by NGI can reduce sound from:
- Home theaters
- Laundry rooms
- Wood and tile floors
- Plumbing runs – showers, toilets, kitchens
- Traffic and street sounds
Save on energy bills
Long-term energy savings and recouping insulation costs
Saving energy is a top priority for homeowners looking for insulation. Icynene spray foam insulation helps you get exactly what you want. In fact, your monthly savings on energy bills can quickly add up to more than the initial insulation costs, and then continue to add up indefinitely. Spray foam can help you save on heating and cooling costs by up to 50%.
How it works: Insulation R value + air seal
When measuring the effectiveness of insulation, R-value measures the insulation’s ability to limit conductive heat flow (heat that is transferred through it). This is all the makers of most insulation types want you to think about because it’s all they offer. Yet the primary method of heat transfer is not conductive heat flow, but rather air leakage (convection). Air leakage can account for up to 40% of a building’s energy loss, and it cannot be stopped with traditional insulation. R value can only stop so much energy loss without an air barrier.
Icynene spray foam insulation provides insulation R value and air-sealing in a single step. This is the only way to truly obtain the most value from your insulation costs.
Reduce heating and A/C size
Reduce the cost of installing or replacing your furnace or air conditioning
When your home isn’t leaking energy, it takes less effort to heat and cool. That means you could reduce the size and cost of your heating and cooling equipment, saving installation or replacements costs.
Why ‘rightsize’ heating and cooling equipment?
Properly matching or “rightsizing” the size of heating and cooling equipment to a more energy efficient home can save money, but it’s also important for your home’s health. If an air conditioning system is too large for your home it might not run efficiently or properly remove excess humidity. That can lead to possible moisture problems.
Get better payback and resale
Fast payback of insulation cost
Investing in insulation that can create an air barrier and minimize random air leaks can deliver almost immediate payback when monthly savings are greater than the cost of financing the insulation purchase. Icynene spray foam insulation can help you save on heating and cooling costs by up to 50%.
On the other hand, it could take a long time to make back your money by adding insulation just to increase R-value.
Air-sealing insulation could add re-sale value to your home.
By minimizing random air leakage you can save on heating and cooling costs by up to 50%. Prospective buyers can feel and hear the difference of a home that’s healthier, quieter, and more energy efficient.
Whether insulating an attic or sealing an entire house, Icynene spray foam insulation can deliver substantial tax incentives for homeowners.
For more information on tax credits related to spray foam insulation, visit www.energystar.gov to check for current tax incentives on open-cell and closed-cell spray foam insulation.
Reduce drafts and hot and cold spots
A home without spray foam insulation loses enough air each day to fill two blimps
Most homes have a lot of air leakage through insulation. The cracks and other points where air can move through the home can add up to a hole about the size of a basketball. You might feel these drafts, notice that certain areas don’t stay as warm or cool as others because of air loss, or see cobwebs (spiders build webs in these areas). Using spray foam insulation plugs up holes to reduce drafts and make your home more comfortable.
Keep warm or cool in bonus rooms, attics, and other areas
Do your feet get cold in the winter on your bonus room floor? Does your A/C need to work extra hard in the summer because it’s exposed to outdoor heat?
Spray foam insulation expands when applied to fill gaps and stick to surrounding materials. It won’t shrink, settle or sag over time, so it’s perfect for insulating problem areas like:
- Rooms over garages
- Between a crawlspace and first floor
- Where floor joists meet the foundation
- In vaulted or dome-shaped ceilings
Protect against moisture
Most people know that mold occurs because of moisture. But you may not know that 99% of the moisture that enters the walls of your home is carried in the air through a process building scientists refer to as “convection.”
This airborne moisture enters the walls discreetly through cracks and crevices, spaces that exist because spray foam insulation is not present. When the moisture in the air comes in contact with the cooler side of the wall, it condenses and remains there, leading to mold over time. This can cause health problems for you and a shorter life for your home.
Spray foam insulation can help you solve this common problem or prevent it altogether. The one-time spray foam insulation cost is far less than the cost of correcting severe moisture damage down the road.
How Icynene spray foam insulation can help
Spray foam insulation prevents convection and related mold problems by sealing all the cracks and crevices that would otherwise allow airborne moisture to creep in. This makes spray foam insulation especially useful for insulating attic roofs and other spaces where condensation is a common problem.
Keep pests out
Your home may provide a perfect home for pests such as mice, rats, snakes and more if you use old-fashioned insulation such as fiberglass or cellulose. It’s easy for many pests to pass through these insulation types to get into your home. Fiberglass and cellulose can easily be torn apart by pests, and some even use them for nesting, encouraging them to live and breed in your home.
Spray foam insulation does not provide a source of food for rodents, termites, or other pests. It also doesn’t make for good nests, and as a solid material it’s difficult to pass through, helping protect your home from critters.
Keep your home strong
By protecting against moisture and mold damage, using spray foam insulation can protect against rotten wood, collapsing drywall or particle board, and other building damage – not to mention mold-damaged furniture and personal belongings.
Although it isn’t designed to be part of a building’s structure, Icynene spray foam, especially closed-cell, is a firm material that also can help the structural integrity of a building.