We are now in or approaching the coldest time of the year. Perhaps you have noticed, not just because of how cold it feels, but because of your heating bills. If you are losing a lot of costs to heating, whether in your warehouse, shop, or in your own home, have you thought of improving your insulation?
What’s the Best?
Spray Foam vs. The Others
Traditional insulation comes in primarily two forms: fiberglass or cellulose. Both products are better than not having any insulation at all (and they’ve been used in homes for a long time now), but by today’s standard, they simply don’t stand up to the far more efficient option of polyurethane spray foam.
Spray foam is extremely impermeable, which is why it acts so well as an insulation product. The Icynene® website (a leading brand of polyurethane spray foam) offers a helpful comparison. Spray foam works a lot like a wind breaker, or a good winter coat. It keeps the warmth in and the cold air out. Conversely, traditional insulation (fiberglass and cellulose) works more like a woolen sweater, which lets air in and out.
Like a sweater, fiberglass and cellulose are both fibrous and porous, allowing air leakage that contributes to inefficient insulation. The nature of foam however is entirely separate, keeping air both in and out of the insulated area. This of course is pertinent for both summer and winter. In the summer months you need good insulation to keep the cool air in and the hot air out. While fiberglass insulation is considerably cheaper than spray foam, the amount of money lost to heating and cooling costs from inefficiency are a much greater loss.
Powerblanket and Spray Foam
Powerblanket serves the spray foam industry with ready-to-ship and custom spray-foam heating solutions. Spray foam simply doesn’t work in cold temperatures, and this causes downtime and delayed projects. Some have tried to use band heaters in the past, but all it did was burn the product, which caused the foam to flake—clogging up equipment, pumps and hoses. In addition to this, band heaters are not durable and have unreliable thermostats. They can also cause inconsistencies in the application process. Locally over-heated foam reacts and expands in the tank, barrel, or cylinder and creates defective product, which in turn slows the flow rate and increases the problem of downtime and delayed projects.
However, with Powerblanket® Spray Foam Heaters, professionals can keep their spray foam at the ideal temperature with the risk of overheating or downtime. The Powerblanket solution allows for year-round application whether the weather is warm or cold.