For any suburban home today for for any commercial building, all of the utilities and construction materials should be up to date and in good working order, and this means regular inspection, maintenance, or upgrades for different parts of the building so that it can operate at its best. Why is this so important? Many utilities are connected, and if one is faulty or damaged, that can negatively impact the others as well, such as leaking pipes dripping water that short out electrical components. Worse, having damaged or absent utilities can mean a lot of wasted money per year, mainly on electricity and water, and no homeowner or public building manager will want that. What can be done? Routine inspections and repair can keep everything in good shape, and in particular, a homeowner must realize that the heating and air conditioning system and the building’s insulation are closely connected, and a problem with one may harm the other. Supplies and equipment such as closed cell spray foam kits, spray foam chemicals, and spray foam rigs can fix this. How?
Insulation and the Air
Two closely connected aspects of a home are the heating and air conditioning, and the insulation. A home will spend a lot of its electricity, about 56% (according to the Department of Energy), on its heating and air conditioning, most of all during hot summers or cold winters. Naturally, if this system is in trouble, that means wasted money on the electric bill. If an HVAC systems is worn out or clogged, that can strain the blower fans and other parts, and that means a lot of excess energy used every year. Worse, if the home’s insulation is worn our or absent, then this means a lot of cooled or warmed air is leaking right out of the house, forcing the air conditioning or heating system to keep working overtime to compensate for the loss. What do the numbers show? Generally, up to 40% of a given building’s energy loss can be attributed to poor insulation, and the EPA’s Energy Star Program has shown that if a home properly seals air leaks and adds insulation, then monthly energy bills may be reduced by up to 20%. This can add up to a lot if enough American homes and public buildings make use of proper insulation; in 2016, for example, the United States used a grand total of 97.4 quadrillion BTUs, or British Thermal Units, of energy. Wasting huge amounts of that energy on air-leaking homes is something that no one would want. So, closed cell spray foam kits, spray foam insulation products, and more can be used to prevent this energy loss and keep any home or public building comfortable and energy-efficient for years to come.
Spray Foam Insulation Installation
Any homeowner or building manager who realizes the need for better insulation can either take matters into their own hands with a DIY project (better for smaller projects), or they can hire contractors and spray foam crews to arrive at the property and get to work. Smaller jobs may mean that a homeowner or a building’s manager staff can take care of this themselves, and fortunately, the market has bountiful products for purchase to get this done. Closed cell spray foam kits can be found at various retail hardware stores or online, and to go with these closed cell spray foam kits, a project can involve the purchase of spray foam rigs of different sizes. Some are small enough to carry by hand, in fact.
For bigger projects, it is best to hire spray foam crews who can handle a large scale job and do a professional-grade job at it. In this case, a homeowner or a public building manager may contact such crews and have them visit the property, with their spray foam rigs and all, and apply coats of spray foam to any and all walls that need it. Spray foam is in fact a fairly hazardous material when it is being sprayed, and for this reason, crews will have everyone else clear out of the area, and they may use goggles, breathing gear, or even full body suits to prevent contact of spray foam and the eyes or skin, and certainly the lungs.