In an effort to reduce our impact as a society on Mother Earth, everyone is going green. From hybrid cars that run on electricity as a primary fuel source to treadmills and bikes that store energy as you use them, to spray foam insulation cutting back energy consumption drastically, everywhere you look, someone is doing something green.
There is no right or wrong way to go green, as long as you keep in mind the three R’s; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. However, there are certainly some green ideas that seem to be head and shoulders above the rest. Spray foam insulation falls into this category. By installing spray foam in your home, you bring down the amount of waste produced from heating and cooling your residence by as much as 40%. You will also see the amount of money you spend on bills fall by as much as 50-60%. Talk about reducing!
When applied, spray foam insulation expands and fills crevices conventional insulation methods simply can’t. This creates a tighter seal, and allows for less air to escape through small cracks. Additionally, spray foam provides a higher rate of temperature change resistance than classic methods such as fiberglass. Basically what this means is that your air conditioner can run less, and actually keep your house cooler than a home with outdated insulation.
Spray foam insulation reduces your energy consumption in one major way, but has many other useful qualities to it as well. With spray foam installed in your home, you also protect your house from unwanted moisture in the air. This excess of water can damage your home in a few ways; by giving mold or mildew a place to thrive, by attracting insects and vermin, or by warping and rotting wood. The seal from spray foam also makes it much harder for insects and vermin to gain entry to your home. With no easy way in, and no water to sustain life, infestations are nearly non-existent.
If you want to go green, and truly reduce the impact you and your family are making on the environment, there is no better place to start than with spray foam insulation.
On Sunday, a power outage occurred in New Orleans. An initial 2,500 people lost power, with a subsequent outage leading to about 3,900 to fend for themselves in the heat. It is reassuring to know that if you have used spray foam to insulate your home, your home will stay cooler longer than homes without spray foam when the power goes out. People with classic, outdated insulation are not so lucky. It is estimated that up to 40% of the cold air produced in homes without spray foam insulation is lost. That’s nearly half.
Imagine pouring water from a pitcher in to a cup that loses about 40% of the water it receives. If you continue to pour water in the cup, your pitcher would be empty soon. Now imagine your home as the cup, and the water as your cool air. When the supply of water halts, say from a power outage, all of that cool water will be gone in almost no time. With an additional 40% of containment from spray foam insulation, your house will hold more cold air, for longer, while using less electricity.
Closed-cell spray foam is a dense material, with thousands of tiny bubbles. These bubbles are filled with a gas, which helps the foam to rise and expand as it is applied. Once applied, the spray foam creates a seal, which does many things. In addition to keeping the cold air from escaping when your air conditioner is powered down, the seal also protects against dust and pollen. This seal prevents unwanted moisture as well, which can lead to mold and mildew. It even acts as a deterrent against insect infestations.
Staying cool in the south has never been an easy thing to do, especially when the electricity suddenly stops running. With a home that is insulated with spray foam, you will always be prepared for such an inconvenience. Not worrying about the heat coming from outside gives you peace of mind enough to focus on other problems, like trying to keep all of your neighbors from coming to your house when their power goes out, or what to do with all the money you won’t be spending on electricity.
Star Spray Foam Systems, LLC is committed to the propagate use of green insulation processes. We are a full service spray foam insulation coating company providing services in and around Mississippi, New Orleans, Venice, Metairie, Hammond, Slidell, Houma. We use latest equipments and technology along with high performance spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation can permanently lower heating and cooling energy costs up to 50-60% enabling you to significantly lowering the “Carbon Footprint” of your home and save large amount of energy. Our Professionals perfectly seal off your home or office from outside heat, cold, moisture, mildew, mold, airborne fibers and pests. It also completely eliminates termites and creates an ideal thermal seal. Air quality of your residential or commercial building improves, thus lowering chances of diseases and allergies. Spray foam also provides additional structural support to your building and roof system. We specialize in insulating attic or rafters which offer a cool envelop and help air conditioning system to work more efficiently.