Paint-On Insulation: Ingenious or Impractical?

From on December 04, 2008 in Air Conditioning & Heating

NansulateInsulation is so important to energy efficiency. It is unbelievable the difference it makes to your monthly heating bills if your floors, walls, and ceilings are properly insulated. Not all homes have enough insulation, especially those of us with older homes. What if there was a quick and easy way to insulate you home ... say, for example, with paint-on insulation?

Nansulate CanSFGate . There’s a product called Nansulate, produced using Nanotechnology. It is a paint-on insulation that suspends specially engineered particles with low-conductivity in an acrylic base. The particles are water-resistant, making the paint a weapon against mold and mildew. Unlike traditional fiberglass insulations, this new product is non-toxic and environmentally friendly.

Sounds like a pretty good idea, but is it affordable to the average homeowner? Surprisingly, it is actually quite affordable. At $66 for 150 sqft of coverage, it is an inexpensive alternative to other forms of insulation. Especially if you take into account the ability to avoid opening-up walls or crawling under houses. The paint can be applied with a brush, sprayer, or roller. It is applied to walls, windows, pipes, and water heaters, and can even be applied over existing paint.

Because this is a fairly new product and its composition is so different from traditional insulation materials, it is hard to do a straight, across-the-board comparison between the two. So far, however, those who have already used it report a 20-40% savings on their utility bills. It definitely sounds like it is worth trying out. Fairly easy to install, why not see how it can help your energy efficiency this season?