Monthly Archives: April 2015

Insulate and Seal with Spray Foam Insulation

Spray Foam Insulation CartoonAt A+ Insulation, we install many kinds of home insulation. From fiberglass to cellulose to spray foam and batt style to BIBs (blow-in-blanket) to closed cell foam. We’d like to talk to you about spray foam insulation and the differences between it and other types of insulation, pros and cons, and where it makes the most sense in your home. We like to give you all of your options to help you make the best decision. Here’s a quick rundown on spray foam insulation from the insulation installation pros at A+ Insulation.

What Is Spray Foam Insulation?

Icynene spray foam insulation is an insulation and air barrier material that seals walls, floors and ceiling cavities against air movement. The biggest advantage to spray foam insulation is that besides providing a temperature barrier, it also seals out air. By creating an air barrier, it minimizes air infiltration through walls and ceilings, preventing drafts, cold spots and energy loss. By restricting outside air from entering your home and condensing, it minimizes the possibility of moisture entrapment and buildup within the walls and ceilings.

How Does Spray Foam Insulation Work?

Spray foam insulation works by expanding up to 100 times its original volume within 4-10 seconds of spraying it on. After about 24 hours, spray foam insulation is completely hardened and safely cured. It won’t shrink or sag. Because it expands, it can fill small cracks and holes around electrical wires, outlets, light fixtures, etc. The solution can be safely sprayed directly onto electrical and plumbing with no overheating or corrosion issues.

Related Read: 4 Attic Insulation Options for Your KC Home

Are There Any Harmful Emissions?

Icynene spray foams are safe for both you and the environment. Most spray foam products are water-blown, and do not emit HFCs or HCFCs. Extensive testing in North America have shown that no VOCs are detected after 30 days following installation. Because of this, spray foam is ideal for environmentally-conscious homeowners.

Does the Foam Entrap Moisture?

Icynene’s open cell spray foam insulation products are vapor permeable to allow water vapor molecules to flow through the foam. This means any moisture in the home’s concrete or lumber can escape through the insulation as the building dries out, thus eliminating moisture that could potentially cause rot or mold.

How Is Spray Foam Insulation Installed?

Icynene foam insulation is installed by fully trained, licensed insulation professionals who spray the solution into open walls, ceilings and floors. For homes that are already built, a slightly different kind of  pour foam solution is used so it can be injected into small holes drilled into plaster or gypsum faced walls, or from the outside of the wall, whichever provides the easiest access.

What Makes Icynene Spray Foam Better than Traditional Types of Insulation Such as Fiberglass?

Icynene insulates and seals air out in one step. Traditional cellulose and fiberglass insulation can’t do without the use of extra sealing materials such as vapor barriers. Traditional types of insulation also leave small gaps and seams around electrical boxes or light fixtures.

Can Spray Foam Insulation Be Installed by a Homeowner?

No. Spray foam insulation is not a DIY product. A fully trained, licensed Icynene contractor must install the product. If you’d like more information about spray foam insulation, call the home insulation experts at A+ Insulation and we’ll be glad to answer any questions you have. Call us at  (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511.

 

A+ Insulation Wins Angie’s List Super Service Award

Angie's List Award 2014 PictureWe’re pretty proud here at A+ Insulation. We just won the Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2014. Now, you may know Angie’s List. Maybe you’re even a member. But did you ever wonder exactly what it takes to win the Super Service Award? We thought you might be curious, so we’d like to share that with you.

We Owe You, Our Customers, Our Thanks

Angie’s List may give the Super Service Award to the top rated companies in their category, within their market, but it’s our customers who determine the winners. It’s all based on reviews we’ve received from our customers. The reviews let them know which companies provide excellent service, and a company must have a minimum number of reviews to qualify.

It’s All about Service

The award honors excellence among service and health providers who maintain a superior service record. Each year, fewer than 5% of thousands of businesses earn this award. Of course, Angie’s List members consider the award when making hiring decisions. But you don’t have to be a member to appreciate the meaning when you see the logo on our website. We display it proudly.

So What Does It Take to Be Eligible to Win?

To be eligible for the Super Service Award businesses must be in good standing with Angie’s List and accomplish the following before October 31st:

Maintain an “A” rating in each of the following areas:

  • Overall Grade, which averages all reviews received (3.5 GPA)
  • Recent Grade, which averages reviews from the last three years (3.5 GPA)
  • Review Period Grade, which averages reviews received since the previous November 1st to October 31st (GPA varies)

We’re on a Winning Streak!

We’re, naturally, very proud of our award because we set high standards for our business when it comes to customer service and satisfaction. Angie’s List Super Service Award just confirms that we’re making our customers happy and that’s our main goal. So thanks for all the kind words last year. This is our 5th consecutive year receiving this award! We intend to keep up the good work and look forward to earning another award next year! We may have earned an “A” rating from Angie’s List, but we shoot for A+ every day. After all, it’s in our name.

If you want home insulation from a company that provides great service, call A+ Insulation today at 913-281-2250 or 816-268-7511.

 

Save on Utility Bills for a Whole Year by Adding Insulation Now and Getting Free One-Year Financing

12 Months Free Financing PictureIronically, the reason some people don’t add insulation to their homes is because of the cost. But did you know that adding attic and wall insulation will reduce your utility bills significantly in one year’s time? Add to that the fact that A+ Insulation is offering one year of free financing for qualified homeowners and it doesn’t make much sense to wait to start saving money.

How Much Will Adding Insulation Save the Average Homeowner?

Unless your home was specially constructed for energy efficiency, almost every homeowner can reduce energy bills by adding more insulation. This information isn’t just coming from an insulation company. It comes from the Energy.gov website. According to them, many older homes have less insulation than homes built today, but even adding insulation to a newer home can completely pay for itself within a few years.

Related Read: Add Resale Value to Your KC Home With Insulation

Determine Your Savings With a Free Energy Audit

To determine whether you should add insulation, you first need to find out how much insulation you already have in your home and where it is. An energy assessment, also known as a home energy audit, will also help identify areas of your home that can be improved in air sealing and insulation. We perform energy audits all the time to help our customers determine their estimated savings. But, if you don’t want us to perform the audit, you can do it yourself. You must first determine the following:

  • Where your home is, isn’t, and/or should be insulated.
  • What type of insulation you have.
  • The R-value and the thickness or depth (inches) of the insulation you have.

You can visit our Savings Calculator on our website to determine your specific savings.

Also, we recommend contacting your home insurance provider about if adding insulation to your home will lower your insurance payments or not under your current policy.

Now You Don’t Have to Wait to Save Money on Energy Bills

Adding Insulation to your home is a smart, money-saving move. So why wait to save money when you can add insulation now, start saving immediately, and take one full year to pay it off with no interest? It’s a smart money move and we want to let all of our potential customers know about this new opportunity.

If you’d like an energy audit to determine what you can save and what it will cost to add insulation, call us today at 913-281-2250 or 816-268-7511. 0ne of our energy consultants will come to your home to perform a free no-obligation energy evaluation. Don’t wait. See how much you can start saving today.