As a devoted DIYer, you’re proud of your ability to rewire a lamp, fix a leaky faucet, and take on a host of other household maintenance and repair jobs. But you may still think home insulation demands a call to a pro. Well if so, think again. Hands-on homeowners can now insulate spaces large and small with Foam it Green, a revolutionary product that makes preserving comfort and conserving energy a snap.
Proper insulation equals greater energy efficiency, and those smaller or oft-forgotten spaces around the house that are particularly vulnerable to air leaks have an outsize effect on energy bills and household comfort. A Foam it Green kit includes all you need to quickly and easily apply a 100 percent airtight seal of expanding polyurethane foam insulation with an R-value of 7 for every inch of thickness. (R-value is a measurement of how well an insulating material resists heat flow. A two-inch layer of Foam it Green provides the R-14 value recommended in most climates.) Installation is easy: Point and shoot the spray gun, and tanks of blue and yellow chemicals combine at the nozzle and expand into a Class 1 fire-retardant, antimicrobial, no-VOC insulation. Unlike fiberglass batting, foam insulation brings structural support and noise control to the table, and it doesn't absorb moisture or degrade over time.
Why wait for a pro when you can conveniently protect your home from air leaks yourself, in just a few hours and without having to evacuate the house while the insulation off-gasses? Read on to find out where air leaks lurk around your house and how Foam it Green can swiftly and safely seal them up—a project that can save you up to 40 percent on your energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.