Using Icynene spray foam insulation and air barrier material is one of the best ways to improve energy efficiency and thermal comfort. Spray foam insulation is effective in two ways – it limits conductive heat flow with a high R-value, but it also stops air leakage (convection). Air leakage can account for up to 40% of a building’s energy loss. It is imperative that a building is not only insulated properly, but that it is also accurately air sealed. Icynene’s open-cell foam, “Classic Max,” performs as an air barrier at 3-1/2″ thick. Their closed-cell spray foam, “ProSeal” is an effective air barrier at 1-1/2″ thick.
As a complete insulation and air barrier, Icynene minimizes air leakage in the building structure, which allows for HVAC capacity to be reduced. This saves dramatically on initial equipment costs and ongoing utility costs – Icynene foam can save up to 50% every month in energy costs versus traditional energy options. Savings may exceed insulation costs in just three to four years on average. The investment then continues to pay off in the form of monthly savings for the life of the home.
When taking into consideration all other costs associated with creating an airtight thermal envelope, it becomes obvious why Icynene is the preferred insulation that guarantees increased energy efficiency.