What to Do If Your Insulation Foam Is Too Thin

A number of components and utilities will make for a complete modern house or commercial building, may it be a small suburban home, a large hotel, or anything in between. This modern building will have not only the correct plumbing and sewer main, and all of its electrical wiring in place, but of course, enough foam insulation to keep the climate control steady. New homeowners may underestimate the value of good spray foam in the walls, but any homeowner will soon find out for themselves. In fact, the quality of the home’s spray foam is directly connected to the house’s electric bill, meaning that poor insulation may lead to an inflated electric bill. Conversely, good insulation will keep the electric bill under control, making it a fine investment for any home. Any concerned homeowner may purchase a small spray foam rig for this work, or other spray foam equipment such as a handheld spray foam gun or even a ColorWise spray nozzle. Larger spray foam rigs, meanwhile, are used by entire spray foam businesses, and these spray foam rigs may be heavy enough to be towed onto the site with a truck and trailer.

Spray Foam in the Home

How exactly is spray foam connected to the electric bill? It should be noted that not only will spray foam insulation help the house maintain its climate control with warmed or cooled air, but the HVAC system is expensive to run. In the typical American home, the heating and cooling system uses up just over half of the total electric usage, so if this system is being overworked, that’s a lot of extra expensive electricity being used. For example, in summer, thin insulation in the walls and attic mean that a lot of cooled air may leak out, and this forces the air conditioner to work over time to compensate. Something similar takes place in winter, when thin insulation allows warmed air to constantly leak out, forcing the heater to keep turning back on to make up for the dropping internal temperature. Not only is warm or cool air lost through the walls and attic, but drafty windows or doors may also allow too much warm or cool air to escape. The good news, meanwhile, is that all of this can be fixed. More spray foam can be added to the walls or attic, and drafty windows and doors can simply be replaced. Further, window shades or drapes can be installed to block hot sunlight or help trap warm air during winter. But what about the spray foam?

Spray Foam Installation

A homeowner suffering from thin insulation in the walls and attic can do something about this. Smaller spray foam projects can be done alone, and a homeowner can visit local hardware shops or even browse online catalogs to find what they need, such as small spray foam rigs and foam canisters, not to mention protective gear for the eyes, nose, and mouth. Spray foam can be applied to the inner wall once the drywall has an access point created in it. In fact, many homeowners will cut out a square in their drywall and attach hinges to create an access panel, a vertical hatch. This is done so that the homeowner or repair professionals may access and inspect the wall’s interior without having to cut a new hole every time. With this access panel, the homeowner may easily inspect their spray foam and, if needed, add some more. The attic, meanwhile, may not even require special access panels; foam ca be applied directly to the wooded surfaces. Homeowners can and should wear protective goggles and respirators, or even full facial masks, to protect themselves from harmful airborne chemicals during spraying.

Larger jobs, such as putting in the spray foam for a newly constructed hotel or apartment building, may call for an entire specialized contractor team. Such a crew will have an industrial-scale spray foam rig to bring onto the work site, and it may be towed by truck on a trailer. With one or more rigs like this on the construction site, a vast quantity of spray foam will be applied, and the building’s construction will be complete.

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