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FEATURE – Stay cool with spray foam insulation

July 10, 2013 - Staying cool in the summer months is critical for proper enjoyment of personal real estate. Some parts of the world are prone to very hot summers, while others may still occasionally experience extremely warm parts of the year.


July 10, 2013
By Icynene

Relying on window fans and portable air conditioners is a very expensive solution, and even HVAC-assisted systems need to have a sufficient insulation system to help maintain their efficiency. No matter what part of the country a home is located in, the ability to cheaply and efficiently maintain interior comfort is largely assisted by adding proper insulation products.

Better insulation offers more cooling
Sometimes homeowners may notice that they have especially hot or cold spots in their homes. While they may acknowledge the inconsistency these areas afford, people may not know that they can do anything about these instances. The best way to avoid experiencing fluctuations, excessive cooling bills or using an oversized A/C unit is to upgrade to spray foam throughout the house, which help seal walls and cut drafts around doors and windows, making it difficult for conditioned air to seep out of the house when the A/C is running.

One of the biggest concerns for homeowners should be whether they’re using all the right products in their cooling systems, a situation that can easily crop up when adding a cooling element after initial construction has been completed. Home renovations are particularly susceptible to these areas of difficulty, since older construction buildings are often not designed for air conditioning and newer kinds of HVAC delivery.

Minding your materials
Specifically, homeowners should be aware that the tools they purchase to cool their homes are not always necessarily the best suited for their houses. The source wrote that a study of HVAC solutions in consumer homes found that A/C units are often oversized by 24% on average, though it’s not unusual for people to buy air conditioners that are as much as 100 times larger than what they need for the size of the spaces they’re servicing.

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This can result in significant cooling costs for houses of all kinds. Using spray foam insulation makes it easy to keep up with climate demands without running up major electricity bills, making it an ideal solution for homeowners in parts of the world where extreme heat or changes in weather can otherwise result in rapid transitions from heating to cooling needs.

What’s more, this can help some residents reduce the overall size of their air conditioner units, making their homes more green-friendly and cost efficient. By cutting the ability of cold air to escape or warm outdoor air to leak in, homes can greatly reduce the frequency and duration of time for which air conditioners need to be run in order to produce a comfortable indoor environment. Remember to target areas like crawl spaces, garage ceilings, floor joists and areas that can be easily overlooked.

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By Icynene