Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 by Jacques Bouchard
Did you know that New York State consistently boasts some of the most expensive electric rates in the nation? Unfortunately the same goes for the state's natural gas prices. If you're tired of paying top dollar for heating and cooling costs in New York, spray foam insulation is a great way to protect your home from hot summers and cold winters, and to drastically reduce energy bills.
What is Spray Foam Insulation?
Spray foam insulation is a special type of insulation that is sprayed directly onto (or into) an un- or under-insulated area of your home. Once it is sprayed by a certified NY insulation installer, the insulation expands to fill the space, acting as an air-tight seal.
The very nature of spray foam insulation leads us to perhaps its #1 benefit: it helps fill in/close small or tight "insulation voids" that other types of insulation cannot reach or protect. Even the smallest insulation void can result in significant energy loss and high energy bills. But with spray foam insulation, a certified installer can properly fill all insulation voids so that your home is fully protected and sealed.
The Many Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation has many advantages over other types of insulation. For starters, it has an extremely high insulation R-value, which means that spray foam insulation can very effectively resist heat flow (which is the sole purpose of insulation). If spray foam insulation were to receive a grade in school, it would be an "A," while other types of insulation with lower R-values (i.e. fiberglass) would receive a "C." This begs the question: Do you want your New York home to have an average amount of insulation protection, or the best possible level of protection?
Since spray foam insulation expands to fill a hole or space (rather than simply cover it), this type of insulation also acts as an air-tight seal. By adding air sealing to its already impressive insulation protection, spray foam insulation is like getting "2-for-1" in terms of home energy-efficiency.
In addition to acting as an air barrier, spray foam insulation also acts as a vapor barrier. Unlike fiberglass and cellulose insulation, moisture cannot soak through closed cell spray foam insulation.
A final benefit of spray foam insulation is that it will not settle, move, or separate over time. New York homeowners with spray foam insulation can rest assured that they're receiving the best insulation protection for years and years to come.
The Importance of Installation
Spray foam insulation requires special certification and tools to be installed, and that's why it's of the upmost importance to hire a certified NY spray foam insulation installer. He or she will be able to determine exactly which areas of the home need additional insulation protection, and how to properly insulate hard-to-reach spaces or tight corners in a home's attic or wall cavities.
If you live in New York, the unfortunate truth is that your heating and cooling expenses will be higher than homeowners in other states, simply due to New York's high energy prices. But if you take the proper steps to insulate and seal your home with spray foam insulation, you can significantly reduce energy bills as well as your carbon footprint. So don't wait: contact a certified New York spray foam insulation installer today!