One of the most common questions that we hear when we begin talking about spray foam insulation is whether or not it is an environmentally safe option. What can we say? People in the Seattle area care about their environment and so do we at Everett Crawlspace Insulation.
And so do we! That is part of the reason that we are so adamant about recommending spray foam insulation to our clients. The reality is that, yes, spray foam insulation is a ‘green option’ when it comes to insulation, and here’s why.
Energy Saving Capacity is Huge
Spray foam insulation was actually designed in an effort to more efficiently reduce the amount of heat transfer in homes, thus reducing the energy consumption and creating an overall ‘green’ household. Because of this, it’s been a weapon of choice for many builders and homeowners that are trying to reduce their environmental footprint.
Let’s just think for a moment about how much energy your home uses each year. What if you could cut that in half? If recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to power a 60-watt light for six hours, how much energy do you think is saved when you are able to reduce your heating and cooling capacity by half?
Let’s all agree that it’s quite a lot.
Spray foam insulation has the highest R-value of any insulation on the market for homeowners today, at R-6. Not only is it highly resistant to heat transfer, it also creates an airtight seal in your home by filling in all the tiny cracks and fissures that batted insulation and even blown insulation are unable to fill. This airtight seal means that, even during Seattle’s windy month of November, your home will stay nice and snug, protected from the elements, with no skyrocketing energy bill.
Impermeable to Moisture Penetration
Why is this so important? One of the quickest ways to ruin insulation is to get it wet. Whether it’s a cellulose insulation that will almost certainly need prompt replacement, or fiberglass that will need to be dried, water and moisture damage accounts for most of the insulation issues that we deal with. Water means mold. mildew and ruined insulation.
Even the issues of rodent infestations can often be traced back to water—pests can’t live without access to water, so if you’ve got vermin infesting your attic or crawlspace, it’s likely that you’ve got a water problem somewhere that needs to be sealed off.
Incredibly Long Life-Span
Spray foam insulation is an inert polymer. This means that it is designed to last indefinitely. This quality, compared to the lifespan of other types of insulation, demonstrates that it will cause far less consumption of materials.
Comparatively, which is better—fronting the cost of spray foam insulation once in the lifetime of your home, or even 20 years with another type of insulation? Which causes less consumption of materials?
This is especially true in areas or homes that struggle with moisture problems and water damage, as other types of insulation will be degraded or destroyed by contact with water and will need to be replaced, possibly much sooner than they would have been otherwise.
Spray foam insulation definitely means that you, as a homeowner, will be producing significantly less waste and consuming significantly less energy in your home, thus dramatically reducing your carbon footprint and ensuring your status as an eco-friendly home. Homes that do make changes to more environmentally friendly options will often receive rebates from local energy and utility companies—all of that in addition, of course, to the naturally lowered energy bills that come with better insulation.
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