Keeping Your Home Warmer with Blown-In Insulation
Living in a region where the winter months bring plenty of cold weather often means exceptionally high utility bills as you work hard to keep your home warm in Toronto. Whether you are in the process of having a new home built, purchasing an older home, or simply trying to find a way to reduce your current winter utility bills, insulating your home is considered to be one of the best ways to do so. The big question for many people, concerns what type of insulation they should be investing in. The most common choices are batting style insulation or some form of Blown-in.
The cold weather of winter may be the main reason you are considering the various forms of insulation, but when you choose the right type, it can also help keep your home cooler in the summer and reduce the risk of mold and pest infestation. There are different forms of this highly popular foam of including loose chips and expanding cells. While the loose form is considered to be relatively effective and may be a good choice for attics, in recent years the expanding foam form has gained in popularity and has proven to be more energy efficient.
Although adding any form of insulation to your home is sure to help reduce heat and air conditioning loss over the course of a year, when you use spray foam, you can practically eliminate all loss. There are several very good reasons for this, starting with the fact that it is sprayed into the walls of your home, it fills virtually all of the cracks and crevices sealing them completely and permanently.
Loose-fill types of insulation that are blown-in from holes drilled at the top of the walls may fill the gaps for a period of time, but they suffer from one major drawback. Over time these materials tend to settle, leaving a space at the top of the wall that will continue to grow. This gap provides the perfect place for your expensive heat and air conditioning to escape to the outside world, leading to increasingly higher energy bills.
Prevent Mold and Damaging Insects
Fiberglass may be an excellent insulator, but it is also subject to the formation of mold when it remains moist over a period of time. This mold can have seriously adverse effects on your health and that of your family. The material used for spray foam insulation has been designed to resist most, if not all forms of mold. Thus no matter how damp it might happen to get, you will never have to worry about the formation of any form of mold that could be harmful to your home and family.
Those who own homes with a wood frame are only too well-aware of the damaging effects of insects such as termites and ants. The problem with standard fiberglass insulation is that these insects tend to use these materials to nest in. Blown-in foam insulation has proven to be highly effective. The material hardens and becomes virtually insect and rodent proof. When you live in area with extremes in weather, blown-in insulation such as spray foam simply makes sense.