Why Should You Insulate Your Basement with Spray Foam Insulation?
Basements are known to be cold, drafty and damp. This cause for this is usually because your basement is not insulated correctly. If you use your basement frequently (like most homeowners in Saskatchewan), you want it to be as warm and comfortable as possible. Did you know as much as 30% of the heat loss in your home is because the basement is improperly insulated? A well-insulated basement won't just make it more comfortable; it can make your entire home more comfortable. Spray foam insulation is the optimal way to insulate your basement. It's easy to install, energy efficient, and helps stop mould growth. If you are curious about why you should insulate your basement with spray foam insulation, the experts at Eco Thermal are here to tell you! Read on to learn more!
Spray Foam Insulation Improves Energy Efficiency
Spray foam insulation is known as the most energy-efficient type of insulation for a basement. Spray foam can create an air seal in your basement, seal all drafts and keep warm air in and cold air out. It expands into every crevice and crack, so your basement will be tightly sealed, not just the walls. This also makes it more resistant to moisture because there are no gaps or holes through which water can get into the walls. Spray foam insulation has a high R-Value compared to fibreglass and cellulose insulation. The R-value ranges from R-3.5 to R-3.6 per inch! Homeowners and business owners can expect a return on investment of at least 41% in the first year alone, with energy savings of nearly $2,000 yearly. Spray foam insulation is a perfect way to improve energy efficiency in your home's basement—now and in years to come!
Spray Foam Insulation Prevents Air Leakage
When properly installed, spray foam insulation will prevent air leakage. Air leakage can lead to higher energy bills and heating and cooling costs because air infiltration allows warm air inside your basement to escape through cracks in your foundation or other openings in your home's exterior walls. Air leakage can also cause condensation on surfaces such as windows or cold ducts throughout your home. Condensation builds up as water vapour moves into these areas but cannot escape because it is trapped by a barrier (the basement wall). This trapped moisture causes mould growth that poses serious health risks when inhaled or ingested by humans and animals living in these conditions over an extended period. Spray foam insulation is the best method to prevent air leakage in your basement!
Spray Foam Insulation Reduces Condensation
Spray foam insulation helps prevent condensation in your basement by blocking air from penetrating the walls. Spray foam insulation creates an air-tight barrier between the outside and your basement walls, preventing moisture from entering your home. Spray foam is better than other types of insulation for reducing condensation because it keeps out more air than fibreglass batts or batt rolls. When spray foam insulation is applied in your basement, it changes the dewpoint on the wall. This will prevent excessive moisture from building up in your home and prevent mould growth!
Spray Foam Insulation Prevents Mould Growth
In addition to providing a reliable barrier against moisture, spray foam insulation is an effective way to prevent mould growth. Spray foam insulation does not attract mould. Because it is not an organic material, mould will not be able to feed on it. This means that if your basement is insulated with spray foam insulation, there is never a chance it will become a food source or an ideal environment for a mould colony. Mould in the home can be seriously harmful to your home and your well-being. When you use high-quality spray foam insulation (like we do here at Eco Thermal), you can rest easy knowing that your basement will stay mould free for years to come!
Spray Foam Insulation is Superior to Other Types of Insulation
Spray foam insulation is superior to other types like fibreglass and cellulose insulation. Spray foam insulation is better than fibreglass insulation because it's a higher quality product that provides superior results. The fibres used to make fibreglass are fragile and easily broken down by moisture and exposure to the elements. Spray foam doesn't have these issues because it's manufactured with polyurethane resins, which provide an extremely durable and long-lasting final product. Spray foam insulation is superior to cellulose insulation because cellulose is heavy and compacts any underlying insulation, making it less efficient. Because cellulose insulation is made partly from paper, it will absorb moisture when it rains and in climates with high humidity. Cellulose insulation can degrade over time and need to be replaced and can also promote the growth of mould & mildew in your basement. Spray foam is not susceptible to any of these problems and will last up to 80 years without needing to be replaced. It's easy to see why so many homeowners are insulating their basements with spray foam!
Eco Thermal Can Help With All Your Spray Foam Insulation Needs
There's no doubt that spray foam insulation is the best insulation for your basement. It's the most energy-efficient, effective at stopping air leakage and heat loss and preventing condensation. There are plenty of other benefits, too: spray foam has a long lifespan, doesn't create dust or off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and can be used for other applications around your home too! Eco Thermal is your source for polyurethane spray foam installation in Saskatchewan. We ensure efficiency and quality in the installation process by making sure our employees have ongoing training on safety procedures and industry-leading techniques. If you need spray foam insulation for a residential or commercial building, contact us today!