Ever wonder what happens to those old paper phone books or jeans you used to have stacked in the hall closet? When you recycle them, they might get turned into cellulose insulation! Cellulose insulation is made from recycled newspaper, phone books, paper products and denim. To manufacture cellulose, the recycled materials are ground up and combined with boric acid, borax and aluminum sulfate to make it resistant to fire, mold and pests. Using a machine to blow insulation into the wall cavity, the cellulose can settle into all the nooks and crannies of the wall cavity. Cellulose insulation is perfect for existing homes that need an insulation update because it can fill hard to reach places and the installation process is minimally invasive.
Installation AreasExisting, enclosed walls Hard-to-reach places Unfinished attics
Installation MethodLoose-fill cellulose can be blown in to existing wall cavities
Advantages of CelluloseQuick and easy installation Made from recycled materials Relatively inexpensive Insulates irregularly shaped areas
R-value Per Inch3.1 – 3.8
TOP reasons to insulate
According to NAIMA (North American Insulation Manufacturers Association)
ENERGY EFFICIENCYReducing the need to run your heating/cooling systems directly reduces power plant CO2 emmisions and lowers homeowners’ carbon footprint.
REDUCE ENERGY BILLS
Over the past 15+ years, residential electricity prices have jumped 39%! The average homeowner spends $2,200/year on energy bills.
Energy efficiency is an increasingly important factor for homeowners. Whether they’re looking to remain in their home or sell in the near future, an energy-efficient home is desired.
Noise can come from outside (sirens, traffic, neighbors) or inside (kids, TVs, music), and the sound control provided by insulation is an attractive benefit.
The health of your home can directly affect the health of its inhabitants. And for those that suffer from asthma or allergies, protection from outside pollutants and allergens can be essential for well-being.