What is Cellulose Insulation?
Chances are you may have heard about the growing popularity of cellulose insulation. Used for residential and commercial settings, it’s comprised of up to 85% recycled paper and cardboard, a higher percentage than almost any other commonly used building material. Small pieces of paper are fiberized and treated with non-hazardous chemicals to act as a fire retardant and resist pests and mold. It is a safe, eco-friendly choice for homes and buildings. At DeVere Home Performance, we install cellulose in a dry, loose-fill form.
Benefits of Cellulose Insulation
Choosing the right insulation for your Baltimore area home is a big decision. Consider the benefits of cellulose insulation and why it might be the best insulation choice for you and your family:
- Environmentally Friendly – It is a great resource to reuse materials and take steps to be more ecologically responsible. In fact, cellulose has the lowest carbon footprint and the highest amount of net carbon storage of all the insulation types and can reduce the carbon footprint of your entire house.
- Reduces Air Infiltration – A major cause of energy inefficiency is air entering your home through tiny cracks and crevices. Cellulose fills in the nooks and crannies, not allowing unwanted outside air to enter your home or heated air to leak from your home.
- Versatile – Cellulose insulation is effective as a primary or secondary source of insulation. It works well whether you are building a new home or need to reinforce old or poorly installed batt insulation and it does not settle over time.
- Money Saving – Proper insulation reduces your energy bills by giving your HVAC system a break from working so hard to keep your home or building at a comfortable temperature.
- Non-corrosive – It won’t cause corrosion on metals or other materials it touches.
- Resistant to Mold, Moisture, and Fire – Cellulose has a Class 1 flame spread rating and is treated with a non-toxic chemical that not only allows it to control the spread of fire but also works to prevent the moisture that causes mold growth.
- Excellent R-value Per Inch – You will receive more insulating power with cellulose than with other types of insulation.
- Safe – It doesn’t contain asbestos or formaldehyde and is safe to touch, even with unprotected skin.