When homeowners are considering their options for insulation in Long Island, cellulose is one form that is becoming a more popular choice. Cellulose insulation offers many advantages over fiberglass insulation, but despite its growing popularity, there are still erroneous beliefs about it that cause some homeowners to be reluctant to use it. Don’t let persistent myths about cellulose insulation stop you from making an informed choice. Here are the facts behind some common misconceptions about cellulose.
Myth: Cellulose insulation is more flammable than other forms.
This myth is one of the most common ones about cellulose insulation. Many people believe that because cellulose insulation is made of organic material like plants and paper that it will burn faster than other forms of insulation. In reality, cellulose insulation is extremely fire-resistant, thanks to its density. It has a Class 1 fire rating and meets all fire safety ordinances. Furthermore, all cellulose insulation is treated with fire retardant. Cellulose insulation is so fire-resistant that it can be used in two and three hour firewall designs.
Myth: Cellulose insulation is prone to mold and mildew.
Because a small amount of moisture is sometimes used during cellulose insulation installation, some people believe that the moisture remains behind the walls and causes mold and mildew growth. Likewise, people believe that the composition of cellulose insulation makes it prone to mold growth caused by humidity. Tests have indicated, however, that cellulose insulation is not more likely to grow mold than other forms of insulation. Any moisture that is on the insulation when it is installed will dissipate quickly through the drywall.
Myth: Cellulose insulation is not environmentally friendly.
On the contrary, cellulose insulation is an extremely eco-friendly insulation option. The insulation is made from recycled paper, which helps to divert nearly one million tons of waste from landfills each year. It maintains the same R-value as other forms of insulation and does a superior job of both air filtration and reducing heat loss. As a result, cellulose insulation can help you run your heating and air conditioning less frequently, leading to less energy use and lower energy bills.
Talk to one of our experts to see if cellulose insulation could be the right choice for your home. We offer both new and retro-fit insulation services using all available insulation materials, so we can find the right option for you. Visit our website to learn more about cellulose insulation or read our blog for more advice on choosing and maintaining insulation in your home.
The key to energy efficiency at home is proper insulation. Without insulation, your home would have a substantial number of air leaks, allowing heated or cooled air indoors to escape while leaving your home vulnerable to the elements. Proper insulation can also help to reduce the risk of moisture damage. Which areas in your home should be insulated? Here is what every homeowner needs to know.
Good insulation starts in the attic, which is the final barrier between the elements and your home. Typically, attics are insulated with loose-fill or batt-and-fill insulation , though loose-fill is often preferable because it can provide better coverage. The easiest way to find out if you have adequate insulation in your attic is to measure it. If you have less than 11 inches of fiberglass or rock wool or eight inches of cellulose material, you don’t have enough protection. Contact an insulation company to seal any existing air leaks and add additional insulation material.
Exterior Wall Insulation
Even if your attic is properly insulated, your home could be drafty during the winter months and too hot during the summer if your exterior walls lack insulation. Although adding insulation to exterior walls can be pricier than attic insulation, it is usually worth it given the long-term savings on your energy bills and the additional comfort you’ll enjoy in your home. If the only change you’re making to your home is adding insulation to your existing walls, spray-foam insulation is usually the best choice, because it requires the least amount of disruption for your walls. If you are remodeling your home or building a new home, your insulation company may recommend other types of insulation.
Basements should be insulated whether they are conditioned spaces or not, because of their close proximity to your living area. If you are building a new home, request that insulation be added to the exterior walls. In an existing basement, you can add insulation to the interior walls, since making changes to the exterior walls of a basement is not possible. Multiple types of insulation are ideal for basements, including batt and roll, loose-fill, and spray foam.
Our insulation experts can help you determine if your home is under-insulated and assist you in picking the right kind of insulation to boost your home’s energy efficiency. With more than 40 years in the insulation business, you can be confident that we’ll get your job right. Find out more about our services and the benefits of insulation on our website , and also check out our blog for more advice about using insulation to make your home more efficient.