Blown-In Cellulose Insulation
This year, think about upgrading your attic with blown-in cellulose or fibreglass 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 by lowering your monthly energy bills. Choosing to use 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. Blown in fibreglass insulation resists mold growth and is unfriendly to pests - and it won’t break down over time and need costly maintenance or repairs. Better still, both insulation types are an easy way to top up existing insulation, boosting your home’s efficacy at keeping a stable temperature.
Types of Loose Fill Insulation
There are two distinct loose fill insulation products on the market today: cellulose or fibreglass blown in insulation. While each has their individual advantages, both will do an exceptional job at increasing your home’s resistance to heat flow and help keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Below are some of benefits and drawbacks of each type of insulation. If you’re worried about which one is right for you home, trust the experts - at EcoComfort we’ll help you choose the insulation material that is right for your budget and right for the needs of your home, ensuring that your product works at its best and that you’re comfortable all year round.
Blown in Cellulose Insulation
- Blown-in cellulose insulation has great coverage - it completely fills the cavities and small spaces in your attic that traditional batt insulation struggles to fill.
- This type of blown in insulation is made from recycled paper products, often using up to 85% recycled materials!
- 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.
- No asbestos, formaldehyde or other toxic chemicals.
- 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.
- Did you know borax is also frequently found in at-home insect repellent and trap kits? This addition to cellulose blown in insulation makes it an inhospitable environment for tricky to get rid of pests like ants.
- Cellulose insulation is mold resistant.
- Cellulose loose fill insulation slows air flow, whereas fibreglass lets it through.
Blown in Fibreglass Insulation
- Blown in fibreglass (versus batt-style fibreglass compositions) reduce waste by requiring no cutting, trimming or shaving: you use exactly how much you need!
- To work efficiently and effectively, blown in fibreglass insulation needs to be blown in with precision so that the resulting insulation lies uniformly.
- Fibreglass is non corrosive, non combustible, and has no odour. There is no danger of asbestos either, making fibreglass a safe choice for your home.
- Like cellulose, fibreglass repels both small mammals and bugs.
- Fibreglass is mold resistant - but if there is a leak or significant water, wet fibreglass is problematic and can be compromised.
- Under ideal conditions, fibreglass will not deteriorate over time.
- 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.
- Fibreglass insulation also allows for air movement - unlike some insulation products, it doesn’t completely stop air or moisture from moving through. A good contractor will work with you to install fibreglass safely so that any air or moisture doesn’t stick around.
How New Blown In Insulation Improves Your Home’s Performance
If your home has newer insulation but still isn’t performing as well as it could be, blown in insulation is a great way to give your insulation a boost. Since your attic is one of the biggest causes of heat loss in both new and old homes, topping up existing insulation can make a big difference. Because loose-fill type insulation is made up of many small pieces, it can also act like a stopper, filling up holes or crevasses that batts don’t fit into.
Loose fill insulation is also a great idea when you aren’t in the right place to undertake a huge renovation project. For example: if you find your living room is often drafty and cold, it may benefit from a little more insulation in the exterior walls. Instead of removing all of that drywall to install new insulation batts, small holes can be drilled in the walls between the studs and loose fill insulation poured in to fill up the cavities, offering you additional protection and indoor comfort. Because installing loose-fill insulation can be done with minimal assistance, our teams are small and thorough. Clean up is minimal and installation can often be completed in a few hours with as little disruption to your day as possible.
Choosing the Right Insulation For Your Home
Regardless of your choice, both products are excellent options for insulating your attic, and a reputable contractor 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.