When insulating a new home, builders think first about attic insulation and wall insulation. Basements are an important area of the home that is often overlooked for insulation, including basement box sills and rim joists.
Basement box sills and rim joists are a significant source of energy loss. These areas are some of the thinnest points in a home’s exterior and allow outside air to easily leak into the basement. This makes the basement unnecessarily cold and can impact the temperature of the floors in the home’s main level.
Not only can unconditioned outside air enter the home around the basement perimeter, it is also a convenient entrance point for pests. Spiders, bugs and other creatures can easily find their way into a home through penetrations around HVAC, electrical and plumbing access points around the basement ceiling.
When recommending insulation for basement box sills and rim joists, spray foam is at the top of the list. Spray foam adds R-value and seals air leaks to keep out outside air and pests. It also helps keep additional moisture out of the basement, an area already prone to damp conditions.
Insulating and air sealing basement rim joists and box sills will keep your clients and their entire home more comfortable. Ask your DeVere Insulation representative about spray foam insulation for basement box sills for your next new home construction project.
Did you know that the air inside your home may have the biggest impact on your health? When we think of air quality, we most often think of outdoor air. Indoor air may have an even bigger impact. One estimate indicates the average person receives 72 percent of their chemical exposure at home (via The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/USEPA).
Many things can affect indoor air quality. This can include the materials used in furniture manufacturing, building products in your home, the items you use for home cleaning, and more. Here are some ways you can improve you home’s air quality:
Air sealing – keeping out external pollutants helps maintain your home’s indoor environment. When external pollutants are kept out, your indoor air can be properly tested and maintained. Spray foam insulation effectively seals air leaks and insulates in one step.
Choose low-emitting cleaning products – look for cleaning products, air fresheners, etc. that are made with natural ingredients or are low-emitting products. This will remove/reduce one factor that impacts indoor air quality.
Ventilate your home – After your home is air sealed, having a proper mechanical ventilation system will help remove indoor air pollutants.
Contact our office to learn about how spray foam insulation can help keep out external pollutants, help maintain your home’s indoor air quality, and help reduce your energy bills. We are happy to provide a free estimate.
When homeowners think of saving money on energy bills, they first think of upgrading their insulation. Insulation is critical to reduce heat transfer and save money on energy bills! Did you know that sealing air leaks is as important as insulating?
Air sealing involves sealing penetration points around the exterior of the home (also known as the envelop or “shell” of the home). This includes sealing gaps and air leaks in exterior walls (around outlet covers, etc.), windows, doors, etc.
Here are just some of the benefits of air sealing:
- Improved indoor air quality by helping to keep allergens and pests out of the home. Sealing a home’s air leaks can help improve indoor air quality by lowering the number of asthma triggers that can enter the inside of a home or building.
- Reduced energy bills by keeping conditioned air (heated or cooled air) inside the home. Air sealing a home is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce energy bills and make your home more comfortable. ENERGY STAR estimates a homeowner can reduce heating and cooling costs up to 20% by upgrading their insulation and sealing air leaks.
- Reduced wear and tear on your HVAC system. By keeping conditioned air in your home, your HVAC system runs less often which reduces wear and tear on the system. This will help extend the life of your HVAC system.
Spray foam insulation is a great option to both insulate and seal air leaks in one step. In fact, one of the key benefits of spray foam is improved indoor air quality. The material provides an exceptional air seal, works as a thermal barrier (insulator), and helps control moisture issues. This improved air-tightness provides better control of indoor humidity, which reduces mold inside the home. It also dramatically reduces the number of pollutants that can enter the home (pollen, dust, etc.) and allows a home to have proper mechanical ventilation to filter the air and keep the interior air clean.
Interested in air sealing your home by adding spray foam insulation? Contact us to learn more.
If you’re not familiar with the benefits of spray foam insulation, we’re here to help! Like other insulation products such as fiberglass insulation and cellulose insulation, spray foam insulation reduces heat transfer between spaces in a home. Spray foam insulation also seals air leaks.
Why does this matter?
Air leaks exist throughout a home, whether you see them or not. Air leaks are often found around recessed lights (can lights), plumbing stacks, electrical wires, attic hatches/doors, around chimneys and more. Sealing air leaks keeps conditioned air (read: heated or cooled air) inside your home. When these are sealed conditioned air you’ve already paid for stays in your home. This results in your HVAC system working less, which keeps money in your pocket.
Sealing air leaks and adding proper mechanical ventilation to your home can increase your indoor air quality. Air leakage is not the same as ventilation. Relying on a “leaky” house for air exchange isn’t an efficient or effective way to manage indoor air quality or keep energy bills under control. Sealing these leaks and properly ventilating creates healthier indoor air, a more comfortable home and reduces energy bills.
Contact our team for a spray foam estimate on your next insulation project.