Installing custom fit insulation is an investment in your home and your comfort. Insulation is one of the best home improvements that saves you money, year after year.
Sprayed into walls as a liquid that expands and cures to create an insulating “shell,” spray polyurethane foam insulation offers many “greener” qualities. As noted earlier, it requires less thickness than fiberglass to achieve the same R-value, making it more energy efficient. It also meets many other “greener” criteria. It will not shrink and adheres to the surrounding structure, so there is no settling and no air gaps. It has no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and no formaldehyde. Recognized for ENERGY STAR certification and LEED credits, it is becoming very popular as a clean, green, long lasting insulation. One writer notes “it is an insulation and an air barrier that promises a tighter home with less dust and mildew, ensuring better indoor air quality.”24 SPF insulation is available in two forms – open-cell and closed-cell. Open-cell SPF insulation, such as NCFI’s Sealite™, is less costly and has slightly higher R-values than fiberglass or cellulose, while closed cell products like NCFI’s InsulStar High Performance Insulation offer the highest R-values available as well as improved structural wall strength while acting as an air barrier.
While standard fiberglass insulation would merely be “green” because it insulates, some manufacturers are now offering fiberglass insulation that does not use a formaldehyde binder and uses recycled materials, both making it “greener.” 22 Johns Manville Formaldehyde-free™ insulation is one example. It “uses an innovative new acrylic binder that eliminates binder-related formaldehyde emissions during manufacturing, and after installation will not off-gas formaldehyde inside your home. And [it] contains 20% post-consumer recycled glass.”
Loose-fill fiber glass insulation utilizes a professional blowing machine for installation in open spaces to fill hard-to-reach areas like corners, edges and around framing. As a premium alternative to cellulose, it does not settle or decay, and can effectively provide insulation for the life of the home. It can provide R-values from R-11 to R-60.
Blown-in insulation is very popular in open wall spaces and will dramatically reduce your heating and cooling costs. Not only will it reduce your monthly utility bills but you can take advantage of the rebates and tax credits from the utility companies and the federal government. Learn more about available energy efficiency rebates and tax credits.
Tripodi Associates 328 Maple Ave Horsham, PA 19044 215-675-3100 2013-All Rights Reserved PA License #02585 Web Design by Sunny72