Sometimes, a full-scale renovation on your older home just isn’t in the cards, financially. The costs can take on an unexpected life of their own; escalating far beyond your original budget, and at that point, you may need to scale back on your initial plans. With that in mind, is there one area of your home you should be focusing on, and if so, is that the best place to insulate your home? Let’s take a moment to examine some scenarios that will help you make the best decision for your home and your budget.
If you live in a low-lying part of town, or in an area of the country that gets a lot of precipitation, the best place to insulate is your basement. This area of the house is often neglected, especially if it isn’t a common living area, however the damage that can occur during inclement weather can be a recipe for disaster for the entire house. Consider insulating your basement with closed cell spray foam insulation like Icynene ProSeal, which is able to reject bulk water and is regarded as a flood resistant material by FEMA.
Northern areas that get lots of snow
Chances are, if you live in North Dakota, Alaska, upstate New York or Michigan, you’ve seen a few ice dams in your time. Ice dams can be dangerous not only for your family but for your home as well. Water damage can have an impact on the aesthetics in your home, without doubt, but it can also be a breeding ground for mold and mildew to develop. An attic that is vented, with a floor that’s insulated with Icynene spray foam insulation, will keep your home’s heat where it belongs: in your home.
Homes with crawl spaces
If your home has a crawl space where your HVAC equipment is stored, it’s important to maintain that area as both moisture-free and stable in temperature. Otherwise, you could end up with two problems. The first is, if mold or mildew develops, your heating and cooling system could end up dispersing that compromised air throughout your entire house. The second problem is having your HVAC equipment working needlessly hard to maintain the temperature in the crawl space, which can result in higher heating and cooling bills. Insulating your crawl space with spray foam insulation like Icynene, which will also create an effective air barrier wherever it is applied, can solve both of these problems
Talk to a licensed Icynene spray foam insulation contractor in your area, to find out more reasons why Icynene is the best choice for your home, or your project.