How Often Should You Replace Insulation?
Summer, winter, spring or fall, insulation is your best defense against the elements – both warm, cold and wet.
As we all learned in science class, heat travels upwards; so when your upstairs is warm during the summer months but fails to be a comfortable temperature despite regulating your thermostat during the winter, it is likely that your insulation needs replacing, as it is not doing the job it is intended to do.
Heating and cooling your home takes up a large portion of your maintenance bills, so ensuring your insulation is up-to-date and sufficient, is important in maintaining, or ideally even reducing, your overall household costs.
Consider an Energy Audit
An energy audit allows a professional to come into your home to see if your insulation requires replacing. In addition, they check for any leaks in your walls and ceilings, as well as look over your furnace and water heater to ensure everything is operating at optimal levels.
The average price of an energy audit can range from $50 to several hundred dollars, depending on who you hire and the size of your home – among other factors. But the rule of thumb is that homes over 10 years old run the risk of energy inefficiency, so ask us about an assessment when offering you a free estimate.
Know the (R) Value of Your Insulation
When you talk with a spray foam contractor or read over a tech sheet, they may quote you the initial R-value or the ‘Long term thermal resistance’. All spray foam loses a little thermal resistance from when it is first sprayed, and research shows that the most significant loss occurs in the first 180 days, after which the loss is insignificant. Coast Spray Foam Ltd and Polarfoam™ would love to boast that our product has an R-value of 7.2, but this is an initial R-value. The R-value your building will be accustom to an aged R-value, or LTTR, which for Polarfoam™ is 6.6, which is the highest classification to date. Feel free to click for our > Technical Data Sheet.
At Coast Spray Foam, we want our clients to benefit from the noticeable difference spray foam can make for the comfort and health safety of their home, as well as for their maintenance savings. So give us a call, and let us know how we can get you on your way to these types of homeowner benefits!