Do the words cellulose insulation fill your head with a whole series of questions? Is it really the best choice for my home? Is it safe for my family? Which kind of cellulose insulation is the best choice? Is it the best choice for the environment? What makes it a “green” product? Let’s see if just a small amount of information can answer some of those big questions!
Cellulose insulation is made from recycled paper fibers like cardboard and newspaper, and then treated with a natural product called Borates (boric acid). The borate treatment acts as a fire retardant which gives cellulose insulation the highest fire safety rating. For more information on boric acid, how it fights mold and mildew and how it prevents insects, click here.
There are two (2) basic types of cellulose insulation. The first is called dry cellulose, or loose-fill. This type of insulation is blown into attic floors of new and existing homes. The second type is called spray-on cellulose, or wall spray. Spray-on cellulose is applied with a water solution. The water solution activates a very strong adhesive in the insulation that helps it stay in place once it is installed. Spray-on is most commonly used in homes and other building during the construction process. It is sprayed into open wall cavities that remain open until the material completely dries and adheres to the surface. This type of insulation provides a strong seal and does not allow any air flow to enter the structure.
You already know that cellulose insulation is made from recycled paper fibers, but is it really a “green” product? The answer is YES! The manufacturing and use of cellulose insulation provides an important purpose for materials that would normally be tossed into landfills. The paper stock that is recovered and used is always free of contaminates, making cellulose insulation a safe choice.
A home that is properly insulated with cellulose requires far less energy to heat and cool. This helps the environment by using less electricity and natural gas as well as helping your pocket book by saving you a considerable amount of money year after year!
Still have a few question marks? The Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers’ Association (CIMA) is an excellent resource to use if you wish to learn more about this amazing product. CIMA can also lead you to licensed and experienced installers in your area.