So when it comes to air sealing, what is the single biggest challenge or frustration that you are running into right now. Many contractors would like for their air sealing task to be quicker. Others would like to see a simpler, more integrated tool. One contractor said that getting into and out of a hot attic was very important to them. So during the Spray Pod Mini launch at the Energy Efficiency Makeover 2016, we received a information and feedback as we worked not just with home performance contractors, but also with the Arkansas Electrical Cooperative Corporation and their members. Clearly air sealing touches so many stakeholders when it comes to performing energy efficiency retrofits.
The patent pending Spray Pod Mini is a very affordable and effective way of applying an air sealant through a 24oz can. The Spray Pod Mini can provide spray applications for the weatherization professional or any contractor that needs to apply a low pressure SPF in hard to reach areas that are difficult or even prohibitive with a regular two component kit. The spray gun on the Mini allows the use of 24oz can spray foam and because it has an adjustable nozzle pattern the operator can go from a bead pattern to a fan pattern in a matter of seconds. This allows the operator to use the Spray Pod Mini to air seal those areas around a residential house such as the air duct boots, attics, crawl spaces and rim joists. This portable air sealant machine is completely integrated system so you will have everything you need to make your job successful to fix those air leaks.
While air sealing is probably the most important job of making any building envelope work, the tools of that trade have really not changed since the 1970’s. We have all used some form of can foam before, whether is was a 12oz Great Stuff sealant or a Dow Froth Pack. Like painting, the challenge is not in actually applying the foam, but in locating where the air leakage is located which of course is always in places that are difficult to access. Most of these areas are usually hot or certainly extremely restrictive and that makes doing the job difficult.
The Spray Pod Mini is a solution to this challenge. This new Air Sealant Platform addresses three major issues. The first benefit is that the system is fast as operators can get in and out quickly. The second feature is that the operator can change the spray pattern of the gun nozzle in the moment so that it’s possible to go from a bead to a fan tip in a matter of seconds. The final opportunity comes in the way of a 100′ air hose that allows the spray system to be used in some very difficult areas that are normally difficult to gain access to.
Join us at the the Ninth Annual Energy Efficiency Makeover Contest which will begin August 1st, 2016. This year, 17 grand prizes valued at up to $5,000 in energy efficiency improvements will be awarded to one member from each of Arkansas’ 17 electric cooperatives. Winner’s homes will undergo a comprehensive energy audit to determine the cause of their higher than normal bills and comfort issues. Then, each home will receive a caulking and sealing package to reduce air infiltration, increased attic insulation, an energy-efficient light bulb retrofit, repair and sealing of the heating and cooling systems ductwork and the heating and cooling system tune-up.
To be eligible for the 2016 contest, applicants must own their own home and property, sign the requisite form, include a photo of the front of the front of their home, be members in good standing with one of the Arkansas 17 electric distribution cooperatives and have an all-electric homes. Comprehensive pre and post energy audits will be performed on each winner’s home.
The Spray Sealants family of businesses will be taking this opportunity to launch the Spray Pod 2.0 and the Spray Pod Mini into the marketplace. Be watching for future blog posts as we prepare for a very exciting time in the development of the spray sealants technology.