Thermo Dynamic's Story
Thermo Dynamic Insulation has been locally owned and operated for eight years and has insulated more than 600 structures in that time. Owner, Warren Merrell, pioneered the use of open cell foaming in the Lubbock area.
"It's a product that just makes sense to me," says Merrell. On a trip to the Dallas area about a decade ago, he witnessed the spray foaming of a home and decided that he would do the same - only returning to Lubbock to discover there was no one in the area who utilized the insulating foam. He saw his opportunity. "It's a quality product that works and makes financial sense," says Merrell.
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What is spray foam insulation?
Thermo Dynamic uses environmentally safe polyurethane foam which is applied as a liquid by a certified contractor. The water-blown, semi-rigid foam insulates and air seals simultaneously.
How is spray foam insulation different from fiberglass or cellulose insulation?
Thermo Dynamic's spray foam can seal the tiniest of cracks and irregularities that may not be possible when using conventional insulation. There are two types of foam - open cell and closed cell.
What is the difference between open cell spray foam and closed cell spray foam?
Thermo Dynamic believes that while both may be used in new home construction, open cell is best for those structures. It eliminates air infiltration and prevents moisture from being trapped on your walls or roof deck leading to problems such as mold. There are also cost-cutting benefits associated with open cell foam.
Read more about Thermo Dynamic's new home insulation: http://www.thermodynamicinsulation.com/newconstructiont.html
Thermo Dynamic believes that closed cell spray foam is best for metal buildings because its exterior moisture protection will best prevent leaks and add structural integrity.
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Do I need a radiant barrier?
No. Thermo Dynamic's superior spray foam vastly reduces all three types of heat (radiant, conductive and convective). A radiant barrier only reduces radiant heat.
What is an ESR?
ESR stands for Evaluation Service Report. It states the standards which must be met by Thermo Dynamic when applying its Demilec foam product.
Other companies may not have such standards enforced by the makers of their products.
To read the entire ESR, click here: http://www.icc-es.org/reports/pdf_files/ICC-ES/ESR-1172.pdf
What is a Manual J and why is it important?
A Manual J is a book containing information on properly calculating heat losses and gains in your home. These calculations determine what size heating and cooling system you need. Improperly sized systems can result in higher utility costs, discomfort and moisture issues. Therefore, it is important that your heating and cooling work with your insulation to provide the most efficient environment that can be achieved.
What is R-value and what is its importance?
R-Value defines an object's resistance to heat. Thermo Dynamic does not believe R-Value can solely determine the quality of an insulation product. Air infiltration and product application is not taken into account in an R-Value test. Therefore, there is no true apples to apples comparison of spray foam R-Value compared to fiberglass or cellulose insulation. Spray foam insulation has an R-Value of 3.6 to 4.0 per inch.