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.