Depending on where you live in the United States, winter may be just around the corner or it may be several weeks away.
The feeling of winter doesn’t depend on the actual temperature, it depends on how you are acclimated to a temperature range. When it hits 45 degrees in Florida in December, locals are cranking up the heat, making tea, and digging out their down jackets. In Wisconsin, we are just starting to admit that winter is coming.
If you care about your pocketbook, when it’s time to turn on the heater, you want it to its job quickly and efficiently. Money spent on warm air escaping into the attic or seeping out of windows is money you can’t spend on something that really matters to you.
With Versi-Foam® spray foam insulation you can have the best of both worlds: insulation the pros use at a price you can afford. It’s designed so that you can apply it yourself with no special training. With your welfare and warmth in mind, we’ve prepared our “Stay Warm This Winter” checklist. Here is your step-by-step guide to a well insulated winter.
1. Doors and windows. The frames around windows and doors provide an easy way for warm air to escape out of the house and for cold air to elbow its way in. This is one of the easiest air leaks to fix and we recommend starting your inspection there. Stand close to your windows and notice if there is a temperature difference between that area and the center of the room. Move the palm of your hand around the door frame to see if air from the outside is seeping in. If it is, Versi-Tite® is our one component sealant designed specifically for small gaps and openings. It dispenses as a caulking bead and can be used around door and window framing.
2. Attics. An uninsulated attic is a money pit so most attics have some type of air barrier. However, it is still worth a few minutes of your time to go up and check the quality of the insulation. If it’s been a number of years since the attic was insulated, the insulation material may not be the most efficient or may have deteriorated over time. While you’re up there, check for holes in the ceiling and open spaces around chimneys, exhaust fans, and plumbing installations. These can be sealed easily with one of our spray foam insulation kits. You will also need a 15 minute ignition barrier for fire protection.
3. Cathedral ceilings. Rooms with cathedral ceilings can be notoriously uncomfortable in winter as the warm air rises above where people spend their time. If most of that warmth escapes through the ceiling, you can be running your furnace all day without noticing much of a difference. If you have a cathedral ceiling, check to see if the area between the roof deck and the rafter is insulated. If it’s not, once you insulate those cavities, you’ll notice the difference in the comfort level of your home.
4. Basements and crawl spaces. The first thing to do in your basement or crawl space is to check the area where the walls meet the foundation. Houses settle over time and cracks appear which need to be sealed. Next examine the openings where electrical, plumbing, or heating services enter the house. This is one of the quickest and easiest insulation jobs to perform yourself. Our video library will show you how.
5. HVAC systems. Check both your HVAC unit and your duct system. Even the most expertly designed system will lose heat if it’s not properly insulated. Expanding polyurethane foam is an excellent and easy way to seal space between the HVAC system and your walls, ceilings, and floors. Air infiltration and duct leakage put a large burden on your furnace. Our disposable foam kits can be used in tight spaces without outside sources of power or pressure.
Versi-Foam® is an expandable foam that prevents cold air infiltration by sealing gaps and crevices air tight. For more information about Versi-Foam® residential applications, visit our web page on this topic https://www.rhhfoamsystems.com/products/applications/residential-insulation/. Here’s wishing you the warmest of winters.
Are tiny houses a solution to veteran homelessness? Glenn Grootegoed of Warrior Homesteads thinks so and he has been working to show it can be done since 2014. Warrior Homesteads builds tiny homes and works with veteran’s organizations to house homeless vets.
In 2018, the estimated number of veterans experiencing homelessnes in the U.S. was almost 38,000. (Source: HUD) According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, “The most effective programs for homeless and at-risk veterans are community-based, nonprofit, ‘veterans helping veterans’ groups. Programs that seem to work best feature transitional housing with the camaraderie of living in structured, substance-free environments with fellow veterans who are succeeding at bettering themselves.”
The Kroger Veterans Association Resource Group knows this because earlier this year, they approached Warrior Homesteads with an offer to work with them to build a tiny house for a deserving veteran in the Cincinnati area. The home needed to be ready for their annual “Honoring Our Heroes” 5K Run/Walk. Versi-Foam was honored to be a small part of that effort by providing the spray foam used for the insulation of the new house.
On June 15, 2019, before the start of the 5K, a local homeless veteran was given the tiny home. It was equipped with high-quality, eco-friendly appliances. The house contained a kitchen, bathroom, full-sized bed, and storage space. And it was well insulated.
The Warrior Homestead Facebook page on May 20th said, “Thanks to our friends at VersiFoam it’s insulation day!!!!! We are working on the 2019 Kroger Honoring Our Heroes Festival and 5K tiny house project. We are huge fans of VersiFoam, as it’s simply the best!” And we are huge fans of Warrior Homesteads.
Here are some pics from the day…
Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system keeps your home or office comfortable. It’s also creates openings through which drafts can enter the interior space and reduce your comfort level. Sealing those openings with spray foam insulation will prevent air from seeping in and out of your building and save money in the long run.
In our energy conscious world, much has been written about R values and net zero energy buildings. People differ on the methods and timeline for achieving environmental sustainability. However, most of us understand that reducing carbon gasses from fossil fuels needs to be a priority. One important step in this direction is ensuring that your home or commercial building has a tight building envelope.
According to Wikipedia, the building envelope “is all of the elements of the outer shell that maintain a dry, heated, or cooled indoor environment and facilitate its climate control.” It is the system of components that protects against movement of air, moisture and heat. Or to put it another way, the physical construction that separates the conditioned areas inside a building from the unconditioned areas outside of the building. Contractors and builders pay attention to the building envelope during construction when they work to eliminate openings in the foundation, walls, and roof.
The air barrier system within a building envelope is a critically important element for economic control of moisture, temperature regulation, and for preserving structural integrity. An inadequate barrier system will allow leakage of air through holes, cracks, and gaps. The end result is movement of air, moisture and heat between the conditioned and unconditioned environments. An inadequate barrier system will allow heat to flow through the home and between its surroundings by conduction, convection and radiation. Simply stated, heat will always flow from hot to cold resulting in increased energy costs wherever an inadequate barrier system is present.
When this occurs, rain, groundwater, and moisture vapor cause deterioration in the building’s structure. Uncontrolled air flow makes it too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. We become uncomfortable in our own homes. If you regularly describe your home as “too drafty”, your building envelope is probably not “tight” enough. A tight building envelope provides numerous benefits including a higher level of personal comfort, energy savings, cost savings, pest control, and fewer expensive repairs from moisture damage. The more airtight the building, the less energy it will use and the lower the cost will be for the property owners or their tenants.
Spray foam insulation contributes to a better performing building envelope by completely sealing any gaps and crevices. This prevents air infiltration, moisture infiltration, and the intrusion of dirt and pollutants from the outdoors. The air barrier system of spray foam insulation is a critically important element for economic control of heat transfer. An inadequate barrier system will allow leakage of air through holes, leaks, cracks and gaps. This allows heat to flow through the structure and between its surroundings. Versi-Foam provides an excellent barrier system that saves both money and energy.
5 reasons to use spray foam insulation in your building envelope:
Use Versi-Foam spray foam insulation to seal and insulate around those leaky windows, doors, attics and other areas in your home. Your home or place of business will be healthier and last longer. And you will feel better and spend less money.
Today we are very pleased and excited to announce the recent launch of our brand new Versi-Foam website. The new site highlights each product in the Versi-Foam line and makes product information easier to find and understand.
Richard Heitzer founded Versi-Foam in 1981 after he developed the patented U-Control dispenser. The dispenser allows you to regulate the quantity and rate of spray foam insulation being dispensed. Today Versi-Foam is used in dozens of applications including residential and commercial construction, marine flotation, movie props, cold storage, and vehicle insulation.
Here are few things to check out on the new website:
We invite you to explore the entire Versi-Foam website. We believe you will find it easier to navigate, easier to understand, and easier to find exactly what you’re looking for.