The new Home Improvement Tax Credit offers U.S. homeowners up to a $1,500 credit toward qualifying home improvements – that’s three times the credit offered in 2007! This new credit applies to 30% of the cost of any insulation material that meets 2009 IEEC requirements.++
When applied to the roof sheathing and attic walls to create an unvented attic, Icynene spray foam insulation and air barrier effectively minimizes air leakage (and wasteful energy loss), which can save up to 40% on your energy bills every month!+++
When your home isn’t leaking energy, it takes less effort to cool. This means that you could also reduce the size and cost of your HVAC equipment. Not to mention, Icynene reduces the wear and tear on your equipment so that it may last longer!
Icynene is 100% water-blown and contains no HFCs or PBDEs. As both insulation and air barrier, Icynene effectively minimizes airflow so that, in an unvented attic application, it dramatically reduces attic temperatures and humidity. Not only does this help you save money, but you can also enjoy a more comfortable and durable home.
Simple steps to claiming the credit for Icynene insulation:
- Download Icynene’s Manufacturer Certification Statement
- For record keeping, save your receipts and the Manufacturer Certification Statement
- Claim home improvements made in 2009 on your 2009 taxes using IRS Tax Form 5695
Vented attics are typically used in heating climates where homes are built on basements. The furnace and air conditioning is located in the basement and the duct work is run up through the walls to the floors. The HVAC equipment is located in conditioned space and there is less benefit to conditioning the attic space. Unvented attics are used where HVAC equipment and duct work is located in the attic and the equipment needs to be in conditioned space. Unvented attics are also used where the attic will be converted to occupied space or a scissor truss system makes it difficult to insulate the floor of the ceiling.
Insulation that exists on the floor of the ceiling and any vapor retarder on the floor of the ceiling should be removed to allow for heat and moisture transfer through the ceiling. This is how the unvented attic space becomes indirectly conditioned space and the temperature and humidity in the attic can be controlled. By removing the existing insulation on the floor of the ceiling in the attic, the homeowner can be ensured that the unvented attic will provide the energy performance improvements that are being claimed. Contact your Dealer to learn more.
The unique advantage of Icynene is that it will allow for the drainage of water down through the open cell structure. When a leak occurs water will drain out the bottom surface of Icynene thereby giving an indication of a leak and the approximate location. Once the leak has been identified and repaired, the insulation will dry out and the original performance characteristics will return to Icynene. Generally, there is minimal need to repair or replace the insulation.