Cold Floors in the Morning? Weatherization Tips from Atlantic Spray

It’s “that” time of year again. Mornings are crisp and sweaters are emerging from the depths of every closet. A common morning complaint can be heard once again – “our floors are so cold!” Thankfully, there is a solution that can not only alleviate this uncomfortable situation, but also improve the overall energy efficiency of your home.

Cold floors in a home are the result of under-insulated crawl spaces. Where fiberglass insulation exists instead of spray foam, air infiltration occurs letting your valuable heat escape and frigid air to creep in. If your floors are uncomfortably cold throughout the winter you should seriously consider conditioning your crawl space with spray foam insulation.

Unlike fiberglass, spray foam conforms to the space in which it is applied, including the cracks and gaps that are common in crawl spaces. By eliminating these openings, you seal the envelope of the space. As a bonus, conditioned crawl spaces help keep pests out of your home too!

If cold floors and rooms that seem impossible to heat are your concern, call us today and schedule an assessment of your property. Let us help you find ways to make your home a true shelter from the coming cold weather and the perfect cozy spot to spend your winter mornings. Find us at www.atlanticspray.com.

James City County Attic Encapsulation Project

We recently completed a spray foam attic encapsulation project at James City County’s Development and Planning building.

A blower door test revealed that the envelope of the building was extremely leaky and the air conditioning systems could not keep up enough to keep the occupants of the building comfortable. A leaky envelope costs more than just comfort – it costs real dollars as users overtax their HVAC system in hopes of creating a suitable work or home environment.

We encapsulated the attic of the building with spray foam which will take the latent load off of the air conditioning resulting in a much cooler and more energy efficient building! Taxpayers and employees alike benefit from the encapsulation.

If your HVAC system “should” be sufficient to keep your home or business comfortable, but you find that it is underperforming, the first thing you should do is schedule an “Energy Audit” or blower-door test. We will evaluate the current envelope and give you lots of practical advice for improving the energy efficiency of your property. Just like James City County, you too could find yourself saving money and energy while enjoying maximum comfort in your space. Call Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today!

The International Energy Conservation Code

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) was created by the International Code Council in 2000. The Council establishes parameters that are often adopted by local and municipal building authorities to ensure that buildings are safe, fire resistant and energy efficient. The IECC is reviewed and revised periodically, then adopted by the building community over the ensuing few years.

The two editions of the IECC that are currently setting the standards for energy efficient building standards are IECC 2009 and the new IECC 2012. Changes in the codes reflect the latest understanding of home safety and efficiency, and are interesting in contrast with traditionally accepted tenets of building. For example, one long-standing belief that has been completely re-evaluated is that homes should be built to “breathe” allowing a passive exchange of air through the structure. The new IECC standard is that homes should be built “tight” with proper mechanical systems to allow for an appropriate exchange of air. The unit of measurement that addresses this “tightness” is the ACH (Air Changes per Hour). The new standards in building have improved energy efficiency so dramatically over the past that it is almost impossible to retrofit an older home to meet the new ACH standards without spray foam insulation.

Another change that is introduced in the IECC 2012 is that the only acceptable method of evaluating a home’s efficiency via an Energy Audit is with a Blower Door. In the past, contractors could choose to follow a checklist to evaluate a home, but the technologically superior Blower Door audit has become the industry standard. Atlantic Spray’s recent certification to conduct Blower Door testing not only puts us in compliance with IECC 2012, but keeps our company at the leading edge of energy efficiency technology

Spray foam insulation is rapidly becoming the standard in both new home construction and older home renovation. If you are interested in its application at your home, contact our Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. experts and ask for your free estimate today!

Benefits of Open-Cell Spray Foam Insulation

Homeowners concerned with energy efficiency have several options when choosing insulation products. Fiberglass insulation is common, but requires replacement as often as every 5 years. Closed Cell Foam is a premium product that costs more, but returns its value in the form of monthly utility savings and the fact that it does not need to be replaced under normal conditions – it carries a lifetime warranty.

Open Cell Foam is a good compromise for those homeowners who want the benefits of spray insulation without the initial investment for Closed Cell Foam.

Many clients choose Open Cell Foam for the cost savings. However, others select it because it allows vapor diffusion; moisture can escape the house through the foam, however it still makes the home airtight.

These photos from a White Plains retrofit of an 1840’s farmhouse demonstrate how one can encapsulate an attic with Open-Cell Foam. We can create access to even the most difficult areas, and the holes that are made in the wall are easily patched with drywall mud.

Do you have a home that you would like to operate more efficiently, lowering your bills, protecting your investment and creating an overall safe and more comfortable atmosphere? Call Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today and schedule an initial estimate with one of our insulation experts!

Current Projects: EVMS Wall Insulation

Insulating the outside surfaces of schools, hospitals and government buildings allows substantial energy improvements while sparing the community from the expense of tearing down and replacing aging structures. Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. was recently contracted to make energy upgrades at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS).

As demonstrated in these photos, joists were attached to the block walls, between which we sprayed a layer of foam insulation. Once we are finished, attractive aluminum panels will be installed to create a façade over the foam, improving the energy efficiency and upgrading the appearance of the building.

This application process is supported by the Air Barrier Association of America, and is such an effective solution for older buildings that we soon expect to see financial incentives for commercial building owners who make this kind of upgrade.

If you own a commercial building and are experiencing uncomfortably high energy bills, or are planning exterior appearance upgrades that could be enhanced with changes that will ultimately reduce your monthly energy expenses and perhaps even prolong the life of your building and HVAC systems, call our team of experts at Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. and find out how we can help. Why wait? Call today.

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