As a homeowner, there are a couple of choices available with regard to the materials that can be used to insulate your home. One of the most proven and effective materials used for residential insulation is what is known as blown-in or cellulose insulation. We will discuss the many reasons why cellulose blown-in insulation is a great choice for homeowners who want to lower utility costs, improve temperature control and do all they can to reduce their negative impact on the local environment.
#1 – Extremely Cost-Effective
Compared to other popular methods used by most homeowners today, such as fiberglass rolls or high-tech spray-on materials, cellulose blown-in insulation is much more affordable to purchase and have professionally installed. While the cost of cellulose materials will vary by location and the method used to install it in your home, it will still typically lost less than other types of insulation. Right away, you will begin to save money, not just on utility bills as a result of reduced energy consumption, but in the choice you made when you decided to use cellulose insulation.
#2 – Environmentally Friendly
Of all the insulation materials used today by professional contractors, cellulose insulation is by far the most environmentally friendly. Made from as much as 80 percent of recycled materials, such as newspaper or cotton denim, before you even install it, your cellulose blown-in insulation is already more environmentally friendly than any other material. One study revealed that it takes 40 years worth of recycled newspapers to effectively insulate a 1500 square foot home. If every new home in the U.S. used recycled insulation materials, as much as 3.2 millions tons of newspaper would be removed from our landfills each year.
#3 – Effective Insulator
If you have spent any amount of time researching insulation materials, you are probably familiar with the R-value, which is the standard of measurement used to determine the ability of an insulating material to resist the flow of heat. A high R-value means that the insulation is very efficient. Cellulose blown-in insulation has an average R-value of around 3.5 per inch of thickness, making it right on target with other popular insulation materials.
#4 – Reduces Air Leaks
In addition to effectively insulating your home, cellulose insulation also has the ability to block air leaks that can occur through cracks or gaps in your home’s outer “envelope.” As much as a third of heat loss in an average home can be directly caused by air leakage. Cellulose blown-in insulation is an excellent material choice for blocking air leaks because the fibers are packed closely and completely together within your walls or in your attic.
#5 – Soundproofing
One of the most positive side-effects of good insulation is the ability to soundproof or greatly reduce sounds that are transferred between floors or rooms. If you are experiencing a lot of loud noises from outside or between the rooms and floors of your home, cellulose insulation is a great solution. In fact, cellulose is one of the best types of insulation materials available for soundproofing.
#6 – Easy to Install
A professional insulation installation expert will install your cellulose blown-in insulation using specialized blowers and tools. However, the installation of this product is much easier than other methods, making the cost for installation much more affordable than other types of materials.
#7 – Can Be Used in Existing Homes
Many insulation materials are designed to work with new construction, but cellulose blown-in insulation can be used in existing homes to replace, add or augment current residential insulation. Methods are available that allow your professional insulation installer to blow the cellulose materials inside walls, without requiring the drywall to be completely removed during installation. For older homes, this makes cellulose insulation an excellent choice for improving temperature control in specific rooms or areas of your home.
Cellulose Insulation: The Smart Choice
Whether your goal is to improve your residential insulation as a means of reducing energy consumption, lowering your utility bill or improving the environment inside your home, cellulose insulation is a very budget-friendly and environmentally-friendly option. It can be used in new construction, remodeling projects and fully-existing homes.
Contact Richie’s Insulation to set up an appointment for a consultation or for more information about cellulose blown-in insulation and other insulation materials available to homeowners in the New England area. Richie’s insulation serves both residential and commercial customers, providing a wide variety of insulation, soundproofing and seamless gutter solutions throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and the Cape.