Maximizing the insulation for your Green home is the most important step you can take towards reducing the heating and cooling energy requirements of your home. Many options are available to you, such as fiberglass batt, rigid or blown-in insulation. Let’s look at cellulose blown-in insulation,
Why Use Blown-in Insulation?
Cellulose blown-in insulation is made of post-consumer, recycled paper, most often newspapers. With the new blowers available today, the insulation can be blown in and compacted to a high density. This will eliminate the settling of the insulation, which is what has happened with blown-in insulation applied 10 or so years ago.
By the way, did you know that fiberglass batt insulation also settles, especially if it was not installed properly, which sadly happens very often?Tri-County Insulation Contractors has 40+yrs in the business and is a Pioneer in the trade.
Blown-in insulation is the best option to make sure that the insulation is applied tightly and continuously around electrical outlets, piping, wiring and ductwork. It can reduce air leaks considerably, All those special boxes you can buy to prevent air leaks around electrical outlets.
Doing it right in the first place is better, cheaper and saves you headaches and money in the future. A tight, high R-value insulation will also increase the comfort of your green home, and will minimize the required energy use for heating and cooling. A solar heating system can be sized smaller and will therefore also be more affordable.
Where would I apply Blown-in insulation?
Besides insulating all exterior walls with blown-in insulation, you can also apply it in the garage ceiling and the attic floor.
It takes skilled contractors such as Tri-County to install batt insulation correctly at the edges where walls, attic and roof framing meet. Often the contractors do not take the time, or don’t know how, to prevent gaps and leaks in the batt insulation they apply .Rest assured that we here at Tri-County will follow all protocall and procedures for installing Blown-in insulation .It will reach those nooks and crannies and fill them up with completely with Insulation, thereby preventing heat from escaping and cold moisture from forming.
Additional Benefits of Blown-in Insulation
Highly compacted cellulose insulation inherently also prevents air penetration. Fiberglass batt insulation relies on correctly installed sheathing, gaskets, siding, etc..
In addition to providing excellent thermal insulation, cellulose blow-in insulation will also provide very good sound proofing between rooms, from noisy pipes, showers and bathtubs. The spaces around bathtub and shower basins can easily be filled with blown-in insulation. Family members coming home late and wanting to take a shower, will no longer wake everyone up when the water runs. Of course, they might still slam the doors…
What about Mold?
Cellulose insulation is treated with non-toxic boric compounds to protect it from mold. This treatment also provides fire and insect resistance as well as year round P.G.&E Savings.
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