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SPF Provides Many Benefits, Including Improved Energy Savings

WASHINGTON (April 18, 2013) - With the arrival of spring and the beginning of the home improvement season, many homeowners interested in energy-saving projects are looking at spray polyurethane foam (SPF) . In addition to energy savings, SPF may help homeowners qualify for tax credits, rebates and other incentives that can help offset renovation expenses.

"This insulation provides many benefits, including lower energy costs and a continuous seal that improves comfort by reducing air infiltration," said Peter Davis, chair of the Spray Foam Coalition (SFC) , an organization under the American Chemistry Council's Center for the Polyurethanes Industry. "Because of its numerous benefits, spray polyurethane foam is the insulation choice for many informed homeowners."

To help enable informed choices when it comes to spray foam insulation, the SFC wants homeowners to know:

  1. SPF is a rigid foam plastic that can be used for insulation in walls and attics, and on roofs. It air seals around walls, roofs, corners and on other contoured surfaces.

  2. Using SPF insulation can make your home or building more comfortable by preventing drafts, which helps better control indoor temperature.

  3. SPF resists heat transfer extremely well, helping you keep cool during the summer and warm during the winter. R-values for SPF typically range from R-3.5 to R-7 per inch of thickness, depending on the type. One of SPF's greatest benefits is its ability to air seal so infiltrating air does not compromise the insulation. The higher the R-value, and the greater the resistance to air movement, the higher the thermal performance of the insulation system.

  4. SPF is highly effective at keeping outside air from coming into a house by sealing cracks, seams and joints, which means less energy is needed to heat and cool one's home.

  5. SPF is more than just insulation. It can act as a barrier to water and vapor, helping to prevent condensation and water intrusion. Using SPF can provide better moisture control to help resist the formation of mold.

  6. Sealing gaps with SPF can provide a barrier against exterior pollen and dust, which can be especially helpful in households with allergy sufferers.

  7. SPF helps minimize sounds transmitted through the air, which can make a house quieter.

  8. In some regions of the United States, homes with low-slope or flat roofs can use high-density SPF as a roofing material. SPF roofing provides high protection against heat and water infiltration, strengthens the entire structure to which it is applied and can increase a building's resistance to wind uplift.

  9. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection agency, after spray foam is applied and cured, it is considered to be relatively inert, which means the chemicals are finished reacting. When having spray foam installed, talk to your professional contractor about the product's curing time and safety practices.

  10. When having SPF installed in your home, work with a professional contractor who can educate you on the installation process. A professional contractor can explain the benefits of SPF as well as safe use and handling practices during installation. Homeowners should also consider using a certified SPF contractor.

To find available local and state tax credits, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) at . For more information on federal tax credits, posted on the DSIRE Website,  click here or visit the ENERGY STAR® Website .

There are several ways to find a qualified contractor, including the membership directory of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance , which lists contractors by area and the  contractor directory of the Insulation Contractors Association of America, which lists contractors by product and service. For more information about SPF or the Coalition, visit .


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