Spray Foam Insulation

Powerhouse presented by Alliant Energy welcome back an easy way to make sure your home is warm in the winter and cool in the summer is to have the proper amount of insulation in your home. We'Re here at a house today where spray foam insulation is being installed. Let's go check it out. This is Mark. I came here with Arctic insulation and market, and we're talking about insulation and foam insulation. There are many different types. Can you tell us a little bit about the options that are available, yeah? The two main types of foam that are out on the market today are open cell foam and closed cell foam, yeah. You used a closed cell. Tell us a little bit about your closed cell foam insulation. Well, closed cell foam has tiny cells that stay trapped when it's sprayed on okay, and that catches the gases leads to strengthening our value in this particular application. We put on about an inch and a half to two inches to help give us a good, sound air barrier, a vapor barrier, and help add to the overall efficiency of the wall.

Now many of our viewers are familiar with blown Ian's insulation we might put up in our Attic. How does that your process here? How does that differ? Yeah? This is the exact same stuff that you would find in the Attic of your home. We basically dense packet underneath of the netting that allows the air to escape out of it. This way, you don't have any settling in the future, but it also is a much more cost effective way of doing it. Okay and and we're talking our value here. What do we expect from this? This wall cavity here is gon na get you around an hour, 30. Okay, now we're looking at the exterior wall for this application: correct, okay and and you're putting down this, what inch or so or how much yeah. This is about an inch and a half to two inches price-wise. What are we looking at a little more expensive here in this particular application? We'Ve gone with a hybrid system that'll help minimize the cost of it. If we were to fill the entire cavity you're. Looking at about 10 times the cost of traditional fiberglass, if you were to fill your entire stud cavity full of foam you're not going to get back in there without a sawzall or something to cut in through it. With this particular system, it's kind of nice because you have the fiberglass in the front that'll enable you to access the law. If you have a plumbing or an electrical problem, now new application, new home application versus retrofit yeah, this would be only in a new construction application. There are other retrofit types of foams available for use, okay and mainly on next to rear walls. Could I use it in my Attic and a ceiling you certainly can use it. Most people are going to option for the exterior wall application. It can be done in the Attic. The hybrid is really a neat way to do it. I mean it's it's economical because if they went in and sprayed the whole house - and what do you say about 10 times as much this way again, they're bringing the best practices to make your house more energy-efficient, now walkest? I know your crews going to be in here working walk us through the process. What what goes on to do? This tell us a little bit of what we'll see happening here. Well, the first thing we're gon na do is we'll come in and we'll prep the wall to make sure that we keep everything good from overspray in this particular application. We don't have windows in yet, but if we did, we would cover all the windows and make sure that everything is safe from getting any overspray on it and then, as long as the optimal temperature is here, we'll go ahead and we'll get started now. I know your crew is all covered up. You have to take some precautions when you're applying this correct. Yes, it is a chemical, so it does have a chemical reaction, so safety is a concern and best to leave it to the experts, the professionals to do this. I would recommend hiring a an expert installer. Yes, okay, what about using spray foam? Other applications other places that, where does worker doesn't work mark the best application to use? It is going to be the areas that you have a hard time getting to your banjoist areas. Gaps cracks things like that. If you have enough money in your budget, you know, then you can move on to things like the walls and the ceilings and again it's all about sealing and keeping the keeping your home tight right and keeping the air and the drafts out correct, yeah air infiltration Is the biggest value of your phone and that's the great thing that you have here correct mark. Thank you, a lot of great information and, if you'd like to learn more about spray foam insulation and how it can help your home visit our website at powerhouse, tv.com

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