Going Green with Cellulose Insulation: Reasons You Need This Type of Insulation

29 January 2016
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A sufficiently insulated home enhances its comfort. Insulation will regulate the temperatures inside your house, especially when there is extreme weather outside. Insulation does not only keep your home temperatures regulated, but reduces your utility bills as well. Therefore, when looking for insulated panels for your walls, roof, ceilings, floors, and any other place, it is important to go for the right one that will serve you effectively. For this reason, cellulose loose-fill insulation is among the most environmentally positive type of insulation on the market. Here are some other things that make it more efficient.

Air and Moisture Control

Dense-packed and sprayed cellulose are effective air barriers because they have high density. Other conventional insulation types such as fiberglass are air filters and not air barriers. For this reason, they allow cold air or heat to pass through. With cellulose insulation, you would have eliminated air leaks.

The flow of air affects the transfer of moisture as well. For this reason, since the high-density cellulose will block air leaks, it follows that moisture will be blocked as well. Moisture will affect the amount of time your air conditioning should be on, which will in turn have an effect on your energy bills. This is why installing other insulation panels such as fiberglass will require the installation of vapour barriers to impede warm moist airflow, which would an added cost of installation.

Fire Barrier

Most of the cellulose-insulated panels are treated with boric acid that increases their fire resistance. In case of fire, other conventional insulation panels are likely to melt and allow fire to spread quickly. Therefore, the high fire ratings of cellulose insulation make it a safer material in your house. The acid is also essential because it discourages vermin, such as termites, mice, and cockroaches.

Mould Control

Loose-fill insulation prevents free flow of air that delivers moisture and transports the mould spores. When exposed to moisture from condensation or water vapour in the air, airborne mould spores can easily thrive. As a result, this would create an unhealthy quality of air inside your home and allergic symptoms among susceptible members of your family.

Other Benefits

Sometimes cellulose insulations can be treated with acrylic binders that ensure they settle quickly when installed. This would reduce the long-term decrease in the R-value (measure of the thermal resistance). Loose-fill cellulose is made from recycled paper, making it an environment friendly option.