If you’re just getting around to insulating your home or about to improve its insulation, then you should consider using a cellulose insulation product for the job. By choosing to use a cellulose fiber insulation product you’ll be using one of the most environmentally friendly insulation products; which will not only help to reduce your Carbon footprint but will also use recycled materials in its production.
What is Cellulose Insulation Made From
Quite simply, any material that contains cellulose could be used to produce a cellulose insulating material. In simple terms cellulose is the cell wall material of, amongst other things, green plants. So, potentially anything that was once a growing/living green plant could be recycled into an insulating material. If you think about it the idea has been around for decades if not hundreds of years.
Newspaper is made from plants and is a cellulose material itself; using old newspapers to insulate something else has probably been common knowledge ever since newspapers became so popular. Other well known cellulose insulators include straw and cotton.
However, the most common material used in ‘DIY’ cellulose insulators is recycled newspaper. After being shredded it’s treated with fire and vermin retardants and can then be sold as a loose fill material, in bales or as a ‘blown-fiber’ insulator.
Installing Cellulose Insulation
Cellulose insulation is suitable for use in walls, lofts and ceilings. Dependant on the construction of your property you may be able to use any of the three forms in which it is available. For the DIY or home enthusiasts – installing the loose material or bales is by far the easiest.
Bales can be used in cavity walls and loft spaces, with any gaps being filled with the loose material. Whilst the loose material could be used on its own to fill a cavity wall, it is most likely that settling over a period of time will result in ‘cold spots’ towards the top of the wall. However, loose fill is obviously highly appropriate for use in loft spaces or ceilings.
Using blown fiber cellulose insulation is a little more difficult as you’ll need to hire a compressor and pipes to work with the material. When used as a blown fiber product another additive is mixed into it to ensure that it doesn’t settle unevenly, resulting in ‘cold spots’.
Using the blown fiber is an ideal solution for insulating a wall that doesn’t have a cavity; as you’ll be able to spray the insulator onto the inner wall. When working with the loose or blown material you must wear appropriate protective face and breathing gear.
Cellulose Insulators and ‘Green Credentials’
Using cellulose insulation based products, really has to be the material to use for home insulation with the growing numbers of home enthusiasts; that are determined to make their homes as energy efficient as possible. With fuel and energy prices seemingly on an upward travelling escalator that has no top to it, without effective home insulation you’re literally burning money unnecessarily. Insulation keeps heat in, meaning you need to burn less fuel or consume less energy to keep your house warm.
It’s also a fact that effective home insulation will help keep your property cool in the summer, just think of a thermos flask; reducing the need to have air-con units on – saving even more energy. In choosing to use a cellulose insulator you’re being eco-friendly in two other ways.
First you’re using a recycled material, meaning less waste going to a land-fill or being burned and second, in using a recycled material less energy is consumed in converting it to its new use – compared to manufacturing a ‘new’ insulating material like, say, mineral wool.
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