Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Improving building performance with open-cell spray foam: Energy Efficiency | Icynene

Open-cell spray foam can be used to successfully deliver sustainable, high-performance results. Incorporating open-cell spray foam, such as Icynene’s LD-C-50, into a sustainable building can have a tremendous impact on achieving the core sustainable strategies of energy efficiency, moisture management and whole building design. Today we take a look at how quality open-cell spray foam aids in the energy efficiency performance of a home.
It’s believed that up to 40% of a home’s heating and cooling costs are caused by air leakage. To curb such expenses as well as minimize air leakage and excessive energy waste, the use of an effective, continuous air barrier is recommended. Both open-cell and closed-cell, such as Icynene’s MD-C-200, can help reduce energy costs by up to 50%.
A quality open-cell product has the added benefit of longevity in that 100% water-blown foam does not release emissions that would degrade the material and, ultimately, degrade its performance over the long-term. As a permanent solution that offers longevity, open-cell spray foam insulation helps minimize operating costs and also significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Selecting a product that provides longevity also eliminates the need for re-installation of additional materials in the future. Furthermore, open-cell spray foam insulation cures soft and remains flexible allowing it to expand and contract within the substrate helping ensure a reliable and permanent air seal. The flexibility of open-cell spray foam maintains integrity of the air seal for the life of the building.

Contributed by Icynene Corp.
Improving building performance with open-cell spray foam: Energy Efficiency | Icynene

Monday, July 22, 2013

Therma Seal Resolves Mold Issues Throughout Palm Beach County, Florida This Summer.

Everyone knows moisture problems can lead to the presence of mold and mildew, destroying a homes physical integrity and overall health of a home.  Mold and mildew begin to form where moisture is left to stagnate in a closed, warm environment.  A  common cause of moisture in South Florida typically occurs where HVAC ducts or registers sweat due to "hot attic syndrome."

Therma Seal's unvented attic system with Icynene spray foam provides both a solution and a prevention from mold and mildew.

James Finck

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

If your home was a cooler...

     Picture a beautiful, hot beach day in sunny South Florida.  You have a cooler for your refreshments and another for your hot sandwiches.  The logic of a cooler is to keep your cold stuff colder for longer and vise versa for warmth.  Obviously a cooler is a lot more effective when there is a tight seal and the lid is all the way shut.  You are essentially trapping in the coolness to maintain a consistent temperature within.
      Now equate this cooler concept with your home energy usage.  Wouldn't you like to shut the lid on your home to maintain consistent temperature and prevent energy hemorrhaging? This is where the Icynene Insulation System comes into play, creating an effective seal and "shutting the lid on your cooler."
     Icynene spray foam mitigates any air leakage within your attic system and ultimately renders all your soffit venting useless.  By creating an unvented attic system, you can expect a dramatic decrease in attic temperature, the new temperature will be roughly 6-8 degrees higher than the temperature in your living room.  Put all the pieces together, you have decreased the temperature of the environment in which your a/c mechanicals and duct work are operating, and you can expect your a/c to be running a whole lot less, keeping you more comfortable and cutting cooling costs in half.
    Therma Seal Insulation are the experts in commercial and residential energy solutions, serving the Sunshine State.

Let us shut the lid on your home cooler!

William Finck