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Air leaks can waste a lot of your energy dollars. Whether leaks are letting hot air inside during the warmer months or letting in drafts during the cooler season, one of the quickest energy- and money-saving tasks you can do is caulk, seal and weather strip all cracks and large openings to the outside. Air takes the path of least resistance, so you should aim to seal the big holes first.
Once the house was framed up and the interior walls were exposed, it was time to spray the open cell insulation. Because the goal was to achieve an R-13 rating, the walls were sprayed at about 3+" thick so that there could be a enough insulation but not so much that it would come past the 4" wood stud.
The Spray Pod Tornado can deliver a spray insulation at an affordable price. This portable system allows any operation to have a one man or small crew to do the work. The possibilities are endless because now it is possible to do those small to medium sized projects which most spray foam companies avoid. The water blown open cell chemistry is designed to optimize the the Spray Pod Tornado which offers to bring extremely high yield for any chemistry.
Chances are, your ceiling has the equivalent of a 2-ft. square hole that's acting like a chimney, drafting expensive heated air into your attic and sucking cold air in around your windows and doors. You can't see the hole because it's the sum of many smaller openings. These gaps around plumbing pipes, light fixtures, chimneys and other attic bypasses are hidden under your insulation. This is just some examples of where the AireBarrier Air Sealant will work to create and air barrier between conditioned and unconditioned areas in any residential house.
During the construction of any home, electrical or framing contractors drill and cut holes through the walls to run pipes and wires. Follow the interior and exterior walls and look for the holes. You'll also want to look for chimneys, furnace flues and lights. This is where most of your largest leaks can be found.
Air sealing the wall plate around the perimeter of your attic blocks air from escaping around the outer edges of your home. It's usually the hardest place to air seal because the cramped space underneath the eaves (where the roof rafters rest on the outer wall) makes it hard to move your hands and head.
You can’t open a magazine or newspaper or turn on the TV these days without learning about a way to reduce your home’s energy usage. Upgrading heating and cooling systems or replacing windows and doors are frequently advertised as the best ways to make your home more energy efficient. But the simple fact is, properly insulating and air sealing your home is one of the quickest, easiest, most cost effective steps you can take to immediately reduce your heating and cooling bills.
When selecting insulation for your home, you want the best performing product available, and the one that provides you with the best value for your money. With cellulose Insulation you get both great value and great performance, including the highest R-value per inch, excellent fire retardant capabilities and exceptional sound control, not to mention the fact that cellulose is one of the greenest building products in the world today.
An ENERGY STAR certified new home is designed and built to standards well above most other homes on the market today, delivering energy efficiency savings of up to 30 percent when compared to typical new homes. A new home that has earned the ENERGY STAR label has undergone a process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), delivering better quality, better comfort, and better durability.