With summer fully upon us here in Georgia, homeowners are looking for ways to stay cool. Some are out buying new HVAC equipment, while others are simply keeping the blinds shut and hoping for the best. There’s a better way to stay cool during the summer months, though, and it all comes down to reducing heat transfer.
When it comes to cutting down on heat transfer, there’s simply no better solution than spray foam insulation—let’s take a closer look at why.
What is Heat Transfer?
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of heat transfer, you’re not alone. The concept refers to the movement of heat from one place to another, and there are three ways in which this can occur—conduction, convection, and radiation.
Conduction occurs when heat is directly applied to an object, typically in a scenario where two objects of different heat levels make direct contact with one another. With convection, however, warmer areas of a liquid or gas rise to meet cooler areas. Radiation sets itself apart, as it does not require matter to transfer heat from one object to another.
All three of the above types of heat transfer can occur within the home, with heat gain and cooling loss a major problem for Atlanta area homes, and the culprit can most often be found in a lack of air sealing and insulation —spray foam can solve the problem.
Air Sealing and Spray Foam Insulation
Have you ever felt a draft in your home that doesn’t seem to want to go away? Are there certain rooms that have historically been more difficult to cool during the summer or heat during the winter than others? Both scenarios point to tiny cracks and gaps that may be scattered throughout the home, most of which will be too small to ever see without a magnifying glass.
Putting air leaks to rest is best done with spray foam insulation, which can be applied directly to reduce unwanted air and heat transfer from occurring. The material is capable of expanding to 100 times its liquid volume, thus filling cracks, gaps, holes, and crevices effectively. It can stick to almost any material and remains flexible without the need for a vapor barrier, creating an environment in which you can control air transfer from start to finish. Spray foam allows your HVAC system to work properly without overextending itself, thus ensuring a more comfortable home for you and your family this summer.