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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOME INSULATION

TORONTO – While most homeowners don’t give much thought to what’s behind their walls, proper insulation is of key importance to having a comfortable, healthy home. Besides keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, insulation can help lower your energy bills, prevent mold growth and also keep unwanted noise out.

What insulation does

Insulation helps keep outdoor air from getting inside your home and conditioned indoor air from escaping. This is achieved by trapping pockets of air and slowing down the in/out process.

“In winter, heat flows directly from all heated living spaces to adjacent unheated attics, garages, basements, and even to the outdoors,” the U.S. Department of Energy states on its website. “Heat flow can also move indirectly through interior ceilings, walls, and floors — wherever there is a difference in temperature. During the cooling season, heat flows from the outdoors to the interior of a house.”

The Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation (CMHC) compares a properly insulated house to dressing for the weather.

Read more: http://globalnews.ca/news/1776037/what-you-need-to-know-about-home-insulation/
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The first time I saw spray foam insulation in action was in the winter of 1988, while working as a carpenter on a commercial construction site. I’ve been impressed with this stuff ever since.

Over the years spray foam has slowly earned growing acceptance in more and more residential projects and there are good reasons why. Spray foam delivers amazing energy performance because it does three things well: it seals perfectly to limit air leakage into your home, it delivers significant insulating value and it solves moisture and condensation problems in cold climates like nothing else can. In fact, spray foam is the only reliable choice for some very specific and common Canadian home insulation challenges.

But as good as all this is, people are afraid of spray foam these days. I see it every time I recommend the stuff. And the crazy thing is, knee-jerk fear of foam is not only unfounded, it also keeps Canadians from enjoying more comfortable, more economical houses.

Canada is a country with some of the widest seasonal temperature swings in the world. This gives us the incentive to be leading innovators of air sealing and insulation technology, and one company I’ve had long experience with has done just that. Icynene (icynene.com) is a Canadian firm that developed a unique, water-blown, high-performance type of spray foam 30 years ago. It hit the market in 1986 and I first recommended it in 2005. That’s when my parents-in-law dealt with a long-standing wintertime condensation problem in an unheated attic storage area off an upstairs bedroom.

Warm air would creep around the door into the storage area during cold weather, forming condensation and frost on the underside of the roof sheathing. Warm weather eventually melted this frost, causing water damage to the rooms below. Icynene spray foam solved the condensation problem by turning the former cold space into a heated part of the house. Warm indoor air never came in contact with cold surfaces any more, so no frost formed.

Read more: http://thechronicleherald.ca/homesnews/1385724-spray-foam-safe-effective-insulation-option
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Having a well-insulated home is not only a great way to live toward a greener ideal, but to also save yourself some money on heating and cooling bills.

Increasing the thermal insulation in an existing home doesn’t have to be difficult, and the financial payoff can be substantial in the long run.

This article presents what options you have when improving home insulation, including some small and big changes you can make, as well as how to determine the cost effectiveness of your insulation upgrade.

Why is Insulation Important?

Heat is constantly in movement moving from a warmer to a cooler area, i.e. escaping from within your warm house to the cold outside. Through hot and cool seasons, a significant amount of energy can be transferred through exterior walls, rather than staying in your home to keep you warm or cool.

This heat flow can be reduced with insulation in your walls, giving your home a higher heat flow resistance (also referred to as an R-value). A better R-value means less air is being lost to the outdoors, and the more you save on your energy consumption (and energy bills!).

Read more: https://greenerideal.com/lifestyle/home-insulation-tips/
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According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average resident living in a home that was built in the 1980s consumed 77 million Btu of total energy. Those living in newer homes (built from 2000 to 2009) consumed 92 million Btu of energy in their household (19% more compared to residents who live in older homes). If you live in a newer home or just want to reduce your overall home energy costs, these tips will not only help you save energy but will decrease your monthly utility bills.

Fix insulation leaks

Check your home for insulation leaks on a regular basis, especially before the cold winter and hot summer hits. Sometimes homes leak air due to cracks or gaps in between walls. The most affordable way to fix these leaks is to spray the cracks and gaps with liquid insulation foam. Pick up a bottle at a hardware or home repair store. Squirt the spray foam into drilled holes in the wall to fix these insulation leaks.

Invest in Smart Strips

When you aren’t using electronic devices such as televisions, computers (or appliances such as coffeemakers and toasters), make sure to unplug them. If it’s difficult to remember to unplug these devices and appliances, buy a Smart Strip which automatically turns off power when devices and appliances aren’t being used.

Read more: http://breakingenergy.com/2017/04/10/how-to-save-energy-and-reduce-home-utility-bills/
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