Effective insulation is a vital building component to save energy and money. Polar Insulation offers a variety of products to meet your needs.
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Bubble Wrap Window Insulation
The windows in your home are the major source of heat loss or gain, depending on which direction they face. This is because glass is an excellent conductor, and it transfers the heated air from inside your house to the cold outside. Adding insulation around your windows helps to reduce this transfer and keep your energy bills lower. While you can buy specially insulated window treatments, there are also simple hacks that will help insulate your windows without breaking the bank.
One of the best ways to insulate your windows is by using bubble wrap. This packaging material is inexpensive, easy to apply and will not leave any sticky residue behind when removed. You can purchase bubble wrap at most retail and online stores. Some even come with a spray bottle that you can use to spray the surface of your clean windows before applying.
Bubble wrap is a great insulator because it creates a layer of trapped air that slows down the flow of heat through the window pane. It works especially well on single-glazed windows, and can reduce heat loss by up to 50%. It isn’t as effective on double or triple-glazed windows, but can still provide a significant improvement in energy efficiency.
Another way to insulate your windows is by applying a reflective bubble wrap barrier on the inside of your window. This will help to reduce the amount of radiant heat entering your home, and can even cut down on cooling costs in the summer. If you are looking for a more permanent solution, there are many reflective bubble wrap products available on the market that will not only reduce your heating and cooling costs, but will also add value to your property.
The Polar Spray Foam insulation system is a full inventory of soft, malleable spray foam that can be used for Sound & Acoustic Insulation, Roof Insulation, Drywall Insulation, Suspended Timber Floor Insulation and Retrofit Wall Insulation. For more information, contact the Polar Spray Foam team today!
Spray Foam Curing Time
Depending on the product used, temperatures, humidity, and other variables, it can take between 5 minutes to an hour for spray foam insulation to become tack-free. Full cure can be achieved within 8 to 24 hours, again, depending on the product used. Consult the spray foam manufacturer for specific recommendations.
To help speed up the curing process, it’s recommended to control both temperature and humidity levels. Higher temperatures accelerate the curing time, whereas lower humidity levels can help shorten it. Providing adequate ventilation is also important, as this will remove excess moisture and chemicals from the area. Open windows and use fans or air movers if necessary to promote proper air circulation.
When spray foam is applied to the surface of a window or door frame, it’s critical to choose a high-performance open cell spray foam (OCF) that has been tested and approved for this application by a 3rd party testing company. Otherwise, the foam may warp, distort or bow out the window frame, resulting in costly damage.
Spraying a mist of water onto the substrate before applying the spray foam will also maximize expansion and accelerate the curing time. However, it’s important to avoid over-wetting the surface, as this can impede the curing and lead to reduced spray performance.
The installation of spray foam is not for beginners and requires a qualified professional who has been trained to work safely with this type of material. Unlike a traditional insulation product, which is manufactured under controlled conditions, spray foam is a type of onsite chemistry that generates toxic fumes. If this gas is inhaled, it can cause blurred vision and breathing difficulties.
To prevent these fumes, it’s recommended to vacate the home during the spray foam installation process and allow the installers to work in a well-ventilated area. This will reduce the risk of health issues for both you and the spray foam contractors. It’s also a good idea to use an environmentally-friendly blowing agent, such as Ecomate, which is free of CFCs, HCFCs, and HFCs.