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The Best Insulation to Reduce Your Utility Bills

A man spraying polyurethane foam, the best insulation to reduce utility bills, onto the roof of a commercial building. The sun is setting in the background.There have been many days above 105 degrees this summer, and it’s only going to get worse…

That makes this fall your opportunity to consider better insulation to reduce your utility bills. It’s a great investment for the future.

If you’re like many business owners, you’ve probably been taking a hard look at your electric bills this season and don’t like what you see: Rising electric bills from the extra work your A/C units have to put in to cool your workspace or commercial building under this year’s brutal summer conditions.

On top of that, there’s no telling what the coming North Texas summers will be like. It’s reasonable to expect more of the same conditions…

Or even worse.

Unfortunately, there’s even more bad news for operators of commercial buildings: We’re already experiencing some energy shortages and rising electricity prices in Texas.

The risk of electric costs increasing further over the coming years is a real concern many business owners need to plan ahead for in order to reduce the potential impact on their operating costs.

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Reduces Utility Bills

If you’re still using conventional insulation in your commercial building, you’re losing money on your utility costs.

Traditional insulation loses heat through both heat conduction and air leakage, but thankfully, there’s a better way to control the climate in your building.

SPF Fights Heat Conduction

Spray polyurethane foam is incredibly efficient at creating a barrier against temperature change through heat transfer or heat conduction.Two men in long-sleeved white shirts applying a white spray polyurethane liquid, the best insulation to reduce utility bills, onto a commercial roof.

The tiny, dense, sturdy air bubbles or pockets within the foam form an efficient barrier that resists changes in temperature, giving it an R-value of 6-6.5 (for closed-cell foam). It’s the most efficient commercial insulation around.

(Read more about R-value and how it applies to SPF insulation here.)

The fact that SPF has the highest R-value per inch still doesn’t fully convey how efficiently this insulation protects your building’s or workspace’s interior environment.

The closed-cell foam that we recommend is also filled with inert gasses rather than air, which further increases its ability to resist heat transfer.

SPF is a superior material that does the job of preventing temperature loss better than the other types of insulation available, which makes it the best insulation to reduce your company’s utility bills.

SPF Seals In Cooled Air to Prevent Unnecessary Waste

Cooler and warmer air will always try to mix to reach an even temperature. Your cooled air inside will try to escape to mix with the warmer temperatures outside by leaking through every weak point in the enclosed space. This is what causes a building to develop drafts.

In fact, 30 percent of your cooled air is wasted (according to ENERGY STAR estimates), and leaking air is a major reason for insulation inefficiency.

A building using conventional insulation might as well have a window or door permanently cracked due to the excessive number of weak points where air leaks occur and cool air is lost. SPF almost entirely eliminates those weak points that allow air to escape.A worker in a long-sleeved white shirt is applying SPF, the best insulation to reduce utility bills, onto the roof of a very large commercial building.

Applied as a liquid, the spray foam expands and spreads into all the seams and cracks. It wraps around metal braces and studs, and it fills the empty spaces within your walls. Then, it forms a mechanical bond with your building’s materials that eliminates air leakage, leaving your workspace sealed tight.

Essentially, SPF insulation creates a seamless and efficient thermal envelope that eliminates the gaps and leaks that lead to air leaks and drafts.

That also means you get an added advantage: Your building has better air quality because dust, dirt, and allergens are kept outside where they belong.

SPF Insulation Is Self-Adhering, Prevents Moisture, Strengthens Your Building

SPF insulation is self-adhering, which eliminates inconvenient and unsightly sagging and shredding.

Spray foam also has a density of 2-to-3 pounds per cubic foot, which adds additional structural strength to your building by up to 300%.

Dampness renders many insulation products (fiberglass batting in particular) even less efficient at controlling your building’s climate. Even when it gets wet, SPF insulation continues to do its job with little loss of efficiency. It also prevents unwanted moisture caused by humid weather from entering your sealed workspace.

Where Can I Use SPF Insulation to Reduce My Utility Bills?

SPF is an extremely versatile insulation product, which makes it the best choice for:

  • Commercial buildings
  • Metal buildings
  • Machine shops
  • Hobby shops
  • Warehouses
  • Storage facilities
  • Refrigerated facilities

In short, closed-cell spray foam is the optimal insulation to reduce your utility bills in most commercial settings.

SPF Roofing May Be More Effective at Reducing Utility Bills Than Insulation

Some commercial building owners find themselves in situations where adding or replacing insulation simply wouldn’t be as effective as adding an SPF roof.

If you don’t have an attic space or your building is packed with products and equipment, SPF (Spray Polyurethane Foam) applied to the roof may be much more efficient than applying insulation alone — SPF roofing is an extremely effective material when used on top of a building because it both insulates and reflects sunlight.A commercial roof which is mid-way through the installation of a new tan-colored SPF roofing system, which contains the best insulation to reduce utility bills.

The dark color of most commercial roofing systems leads to a surface temperature of nearly 180 degrees, but the light, reflective color of an SPF roofing system repels direct sunlight and keeps temperatures much closer to 120 degrees.

SPF roofing systems can also be installed on top of your existing roofing system. Other roofing systems require your existing roof to be removed, which means closing your business for a few days (or spending money and labor to remove all products/equipment during installation). SPF roofing systems avoid this issue.

Consider a new SPF roofing system as a viable alternative to replacing your insulation. It’s an option that will help you save considerable money on your utility bills.

Reducing the heat absorbed from direct sunlight takes a considerable load off of your air conditioning system, which reduces utility costs and saves you money on maintaining over-burdened HVAC systems — compressors and fans are expensive investments.

In addition to all of those cost-saving advantages, you’ll get a new roof with no leaks and the added security and savings of a warranty.

Consider Additional Measures to Save Even More on Energy Expenses

As a business owner, cutting down on wasted expenditures that are hiding within your overhead costs is critical to your profitability.

Better insulation can definitely save you money all year long on electricity, but particularly when summer drives up the temperature in North Texas and the surrounding areas. With rising utility prices, your best bet is to take action immediately.

In addition to upgrading to the most efficient insulation to reduce your utility bills, there’s one more thing you can do to increase your building’s efficiency and cut electricity costs: You can reduce the effects of direct sunlight.

Learn how a reflective elastomeric roof coating like the GE Enduris™ Silicone Roof Coating System can further drive down your overhead costs.

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