Blown-In Cellulose Insulation
This year, think about upgrading your attic with blown-in cellulose insulation for a better, more comfortable indoor experience. Upgrading your attic insulation can have a huge effect on your home by offering you better protection from the elements, helping to reduce air flow in your attic and lowering your monthly energy bills. Blown-in cellulose insulation has a positive effect on the environment too - not only does it help you reduce your energy needs, but it’s made from recycled consumer paper products, giving new life to materials otherwise destined for the landfill. Better still, it’s easy to use as a top up for existing insulation, boosting your home’s efficacy at keeping your temperature stable.
The benefits of using blown-in cellulose insulation for attic insulation:
- Blown-in cellulose insulation has great coverage - it completely fills cavities and small spaces in your attic that traditional batt insulation struggles to fill.
- Comparable R-Values between fibreglass and blown-in cellulose insulation make it a good choice for spaces in which you need insulation, but don’t want the added expense and mess - such as adding insulation to wall cavities.
- Upgraded or added insulation really helps in reducing your overall home energy costs.
- Attics are one of the biggest causes of heat loss in both new and old homes, especially because heat rises and can collect there instead of staying in the rooms below.
- New insulation helps your home stay warmer and use less energy to do so.
- It’s an environmentally friendly choice, because it often uses up to 85% recycled materials, diverting material that would otherwise go to the landfill
- Despite its paper composition, loose fill cellulose is fire retardant, because it has been treated with boric acid. You may be more familiar with this natural chemical in the laundry room, where borax is often used as a laundry booster.
- For homeowners on a budget, blown-in cellulose insulation is often a great choice to add to existing insulation that’s in good shape but perhaps not doing a thorough enough job.
There are two types of loose fill insulation on the market - cellulose and fibreglass. Both offer great value, have comparable R-values, and are easy to install. Depending on the needs of your home, one material may be a better fit than the other. For example - while neither insulation is an air barrier, cellulose does slow air flow where fibreglass lets it through. Additionally, fibreglass loose fill insulation has a higher embodied energy, meaning that it requires more energy to produce in comparison to cellulose - which may be a concern for the more eco-conscious homeowner.
Regardless of your choice, both products are excellent options for insulating your attic, and a reputable contactor at EcoComfort can give you an in-depth breakdown of the advantages of each. Improving your thermal performance will help you save money on your heating and cooling bills, ease your impact on the environment, and help you have more thorough insulation coverage in your attic. Call us at EcoComfort for more information about blown-in cellulose insulation and how it can help improve your home.