Homepath Products: Wiring Limitations of Energy-Conserving Spray foam Insulation can be Overcome with use of in-wall Conduit System

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Energy-conserving spray foam (SPF) insulation no longer limits a homeowner's future wiring choices if it is installed with accessible, reusable in-wall conduits, according to a new article in Spray Foam Magazine. The article, entitled "Integrating Cable Pathways in Advanced Insulation", recommends pre-installing eXapathâ„¢ in-wall conduits to provide reusable wiring pathways that make data cabling and other wires accessible and replaceable without having to destroy walls or compromise energy efficient foam insulation. The article also notes that SPF experts can add greater value for contractors and homeowners by installing the specialty wiring conduits as part of their insulation application.

The eXapath in-wall cable pathway system provides cabling flexibility while promoting energy conserving insulation practices.

Energy-efficient spray foam (SPF) insulation needs to be installed with in-wall wiring conduits to permit owners to ready their homes for changes in cabling and new electronics devices, according to an article in the August 2009 issue of Spray Foam Magazine. The article states that although SPF insulation saves money and conserves energy, it can limit homeowners' future wiring choices by surrounding low voltage wires with dense, hard to navigate foam. The article recommends using the eXapath in-wall conduit to make homes energy conserving and continuously ready for cabling and electronics upgrades.

eXapath is a system of bright orange cabling pathways that snap in at the time framing is up and walls are open. When installed prior to the addition of line voltage wiring and insulation, the system optimizes the walls for energy conservation while ensuring the flexibility to modify cabling infrastructure, simply, easily and cost effectively. The system also eliminates a common problem of wire damage following spray foam application. As some contractors have learned the hard way, if the electrical contractor or low voltage cabling installer has not properly secured the wires, expanding foam can push them beyond the wall plane where damage can result when the cured foam is trimmed.

The article notes that, low voltage wiring, unlike traditional electrical service wiring, becomes obsolete as the devices served by the wiring surpass the cabling's ability to process greater amounts of data. Despite this, contractors, including many SPF experts, still assume that the initial low voltage wiring will be permanent. The reality is that low voltage wires and cables used to support data transmission in consumer electronics require upgrading within the normal life span of most homes. The article describes a better way to install cabling to accommodate future service expansions and for SPF contractors to add value by pre-installing conduits as part of their service offering . A complimentary copy of the article can be downloaded by clicking here.

Homepath Products LLC, a privately-held business based in Essex, Connecticut, designs and markets the eXapath nonmetallic pathway system, an elegant solution made in the USA to enable upgrading residential low voltage cabling. eXapath pathways are practical today...prepared for tomorrowâ„¢. The company's web site, http://www.homepathproducts.com, features product information, white papers, industry trends and additional information about the future of low voltage home cabling.

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