Making sure that your home is as functional, efficient, and well maintained as possible can seem like a major undertaking. If there has been some serious neglect or there has been a significant event that calls for big repairs, or even if you are building a new home from the ground up, it is important to take into consideration all of the aspects of your home project. These days, there is a lot of focus on products, materials, and practices that are environmentally friendly, which is good, as we have many years and generations of neglecting the planet to reverse.
Better insulation leads to better energy efficiency, which is all around better
One way to help make the earth a better, healthier place is by properly insulating your home. This will lead to significant improvements in the energy efficiency of your home. In fact, according to the Energy Star Program of the Environmental Protection Agency, simply adding quality insulation and accurately sealing any air leaks can help to diminish monthly energy bills by as much as 20%.
Along those same lines, when it comes to savings, it has been estimated that if the energy efficiency of all commercial buildings could be improved by just 10%, as much as $40 billion could be saved in all. And when you think about the fact that the Department of Energy has estimated that around 56% of the energy used in houses across the country is used for heating and cooling, it just makes sense to build or renovate better insulated structures.
Open cell spray foam insulation for energy efficiency in your home
Open cell spray foam is a popular option for insulation within the interior of a building. When you begin working on your building or renovation project, it would be worthwhile to find a professional in construction or a contractor who is well versed in the benefits of open cell spray foam.
There is also closed cell spray insulation, so learning about the differences and what would be best for your particular project is important. Open cell tends to be more affordable, but both types have their benefits and drawbacks. The contractor who comes to work on your house or who advises you on your project will also be able to help you find the right spray foam kits. You might end up renting a spray foam insulation rig. However you end up approaching your spray foam insulation, you will likely find that the application process is relatively quick, and that you will be able to fill in spots that would be otherwise hard to reach.
Making calculated decisions about the materials and processes that go into the building or renovating of your home can make a big difference in the grand scheme of things, from the longevity and quality of your home to the health of the planet.