The Role Insulation Plays In The Energy Efficiency Of Your Kittitas County Home

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Climate change is a hot topic of concern and conversation. We all want to do our part to be good stewards of the earth, and efficient energy use is one way we can help minimize our carbon footprint. Properly insulating our home will increase energy efficiency, but not all insulations are the same, nor do all have the same carbon footprint. Spray foam insulation has a low carbon footprint while enhancing the energy efficiency of your house. 

If you are ready to save money while helping the environment, you need the Kittitas County spray foam insulation professionals from Prosite. We will evaluate your home and determine the correct type of spray foam to maximize your home's energy efficiency. 

The Many Different Types Of Insulation

Expanding foam is one of many insulation options available today. Here is a brief list of options available to homeowners:

  • Blanket and batt rolls: This option uses rolls of fiberglass, plastic, or natural fibers in areas with few obstructions and is between joists, studs, and beams.
  • Concrete block insulation: This option fills concrete blocks with foam or attaches foam boards to them.
  • Foam boards: This type of insulation uses polystyrene and other chemicals to create boards tacked on floors, ceilings, and low-sloped roofs. 
  • Concrete forms: These forms are insulated foam boards built into the walls of a home.  
  • Loose-fill insulation: This insulation consisting of cellulose, fiberglass, or mineral rock, is blown into existing and hard-to-reach areas.

Other insulations use foil-laced paper to reflect heat and sunlight, rigid fiberglass for ductwork, and structural insulation panels. Although expanding foam insulation is one option among many, it provides the flexibility of all these insulations combined.

How Insulation Effects The Heating And Cooling Of Your Home

Insulation stops or slows air transfer into and out of the house. In the winter, insulation stops or slows heat from escaping while preventing cold air from penetrating the house and vice versa in the summer. The insulation's R-value or heat resistance is a way to rate its ability to slow or stop air transfer in and out of the house. Insulation with a high R-value has a higher resistance to heat transfer. 

The Superior Energy Efficiency Of Spray Foam Insulation

Open and closed cell are the two types of spray foam insulations, and the following application affects the R-value:

  • High-density: This application uses the most pounds per cubic foot of closed cell spray foam insulation on the exterior and the underside of roofs to achieve a high R-value of up to 7 per inch. 
  • Medium-density: This application uses closed cell spray foam insulation in unvented attics and interior wall voids in lesser amounts than the high-density application to achieve an R-value of up to 6 per inch.
  • Low-density: This application uses open cell spray foam insulation in unvented attics and interior wall voids in low amounts for an R-value of 3.6 per inch.

The R-value for spray foam insulation is per inch, and the beauty of spray foam is that thickness is adjustable due to the need. A benefit of closed cell spray foam insulation is its ability to provide water, air, and vapor barriers and increase structural integrity. Open cell spray foam insulation is beneficial in reducing noise pollution and insulating the house. 

Contact Prosite Today To Learn How To Save On Your Energy Bills

If you are searching for a spray foam installation service near you for your Kittitas County home, look no further than Prosite. Our installation specialists will evaluate your home and determine the thickness and type of spray foam best suited for your situation. Our technicians will correctly apply the insulation and help create an energy-efficient home. Contact us today and schedule an inspection.