It’s difficult to remember a time when the world wasn’t concerned with energy efficiency, yet it wasn’t so long ago. Nowadays, energy efficient appliances, HVAC systems, and even automobiles are at the front of their industries.
Often it’s a matter of dollars and cents – after all, it’s unlikely that energy costs will be falling significantly any time soon. So adding elements to the home that increase efficiency is a priority. This is where foam insulation panels, provided by Engineered Materials, Inc., come in handy.
An Improvement Over Fiberglass
For many years, fiberglass was the standard when it came to keeping a home insulated. In fact if you think of insulation, we’re willing to bet the image that immediately comes to mind is pink fiberglass. While fiberglass is still widely used, foam insulation panels are becoming more popular thanks to the fact that they can stop air movement – a big plus. They come in varying sizes and thicknesses, are also easy to cut and can be wedged – or friction-fit – into place and then glued or otherwise fastened into place if necessary. This means that unlike blown or batt insulation, there’s little chance of foam panels shifting out of place after installation.
Types of Foam Insulation Panels
There are three types of foam panels that are currently used for insulation:
- Polyisocyanurate, or polyiso, has the highest R-value per inch and comes with a reflective foil facing on both sides
- Extruded polystyrene has a smooth plastic surface. It doesn’t absorb water like polyiso and is more durable than expanded polystyrene, making it a very versatile choice
- Expanded polystyrene is the least-expensive of the three and has the lowest R-value
Where is They Best Used?
Foam insulation panels provide a high level of insulation for relatively little thickness, making them perfect for use in some areas. Unvented low-slope roofs, floors, ceilings and unfinished walls can be fitted with these panels. The area in which the panel is to be placed informs the type of panel chosen.
Other Uses for Foam Insulation
Another popular use for foam panels is in the insulation of appliances. The foam’s ability to reduce overall energy consumption thanks to its thermal insulating properties makes it a natural fit for energy efficient appliances. Refrigerators, freezers, and water heaters all make use of these insulating panels to keep their efficiency level high.
No matter what your panels are being used for, Engineered Materials, Inc. has the perfect foam insulation panels for you. We specialize in providing the perfect, most cost-effective solutions to our client’s unique challenges.