6 Reasons Why Cellulose Insulation Is A Must

Here in Tennessee, as much as we love the nice weather, it comes with a price tag. As the temperatures rise in the summer months, so too does our energy bill. And in the winter, the price tag can be just as steep if it’s a particularly cold year. What if there was a way to reduce that energy bill? A cellulose insulation application is an eco-friendly way to stop the flow of air through walls and attics. Whether you’ve already decided to have this service performed, or just thinking about it, here are six things to know about cellulose insulation and how it benefits your home.

1. What Is Cellulose Insulationcellulose insulation in an attic

Cellulose insulation is a type of paper or wood-based product. Generally, it’s made from post-consumer recycled materials like a newspaper. It’s fluffy and lightweight, which helps trap air, similar to the puffy jackets we wear when it’s cold out. Because it uses so much recycled material, it’s one of the most environmentally-friendly things you can have in your home.

Cellulose is also more effective in doing its job compared to other traditional forms of insulation like fiberglass. Not only is fiberglass toxic to humans and the environment, but it’s also 40% less effective than cellulose. On average, a household that chooses cellulose over fiberglass will save an average of 30% each year.

2. Cellulose Increases The R-Value Of Your Home

Unless you’ve been researching insulation, you’re probably unfamiliar with this term. The “R-Value” of a building is a measure of an insulator’s capacity to resist heat flow. The higher the value, the better insulated your home is. Here in Tennessee, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends an R-Value of 38.

How To Find Your Home’s R-Value

To find the R-Value in your home, find the depth of your insulation in inches. Then, multiply by the following numbers, depending on which insulation you have:

Fiberglass – 3.2
Cellulose – 3.39
Rock Wool – 3.31

So an existing home with six inches of fiberglass would multiply 6 x 3.2 = 19.2. This would not be an acceptable R-Value for our region. If your home’s current insulation is not up to snuff, don’t worry. One of the many benefits of cellulose insulation is that it can be easily applied to existing buildings. In other words, you don’t need to tear apart your home, or move, to lower your energy bill. More on this later.

3. Cellulose Insulation Keeps Bugs Away

Yes, really! Cellulose is made of natural materials that, under normal circumstances, would likely be a paradise for many common household pests. However, for this type of material to be used in homes, it must be treated with borates, specifically boric acid. This chemical happens to repel insects like cockroaches, silverfish, earwigs, millipedes, and other creepy crawlies.

4. Cellulose Insulation Can Be Used In Existing Homes Or Remodels

Many people falsely believe that once a home has been built, there’s nothing they can do about the insulation or lack thereof. Basically, if previous generations didn’t have the foresight to insulate against the elements, there’s nothing to be done. This is not the case. As we touched on above, one of the neat features of cellulose is that it can be used in existing homes and new builds or remodels. That’s due to the nature of its installation. Like fiberglass, cellulose is a type of blown-in attic insulation. This type of installation doesn’t require you to tear down existing walls.

How Cellulose Insulation Is Installedcellulose insulation installation

Using a specialized blower, packets of dense cellulose are fed into the machine’s hopper, where they will be fluffed and broken up. Imagine brushing out a cotton ball so that the cotton isn’t concentrated into a little ball. Then this loosened, fluffed material is blown into the attic between joists. It’s almost like vacuuming in reverse!

If you’d like it installed on finished walls, there’s no need to tear down the entire wall. A small hole will be drilled to fit the blower nozzle. We understand that as a homeowner, this is the part where you might be apprehensive. But don’t worry! Once the cellulose is installed, the technicians at 4-EverGreen Lawn Care will patch and repaint the wall to make it look brand new. You won’t be left with an ugly hole to patch, sand, and paint on your own.

If you’re building a new home or undergoing a remodel that exposes the interior of walls, your insulation technician can easily apply cellulose in these situations as well.

5. Cellulose Insulation Is Adaptable

If you’re installing insulation to a new build or exposed remodel, it’s easy to tell where the insulation is lacking and adjust accordingly. But with existing buildings, there are obstructions in the wall that something like traditional fiberglass rolls can’t cover. Blown-in insulation can easily form in, under, and around anything inside the walls. This creates the maximum barrier against the desired inside air leaking outside and vice versa.

6. Cellulose Insulation Is Fire Retardant

You may be thinking: wait a minute, isn’t paper flammable? Yes, it usually is. Remember those borates that the paper is treated with? They’re applied to make the paper fire-resistant. It just so happens that that same chemical is an insect repellant.

Get Professionally Installed Cellulose Insulation In Jackson, TN

If you’re tired of wasting money on your energy bill, we have a solution. Let the experts at 4-EverGreen Lawn Care plugs the leaks. Don’t let our name fool you – we do more than lawn maintenance. Our cellulose installation service stops your hard-earned dollars from escaping through the walls and attic. It literally pays for itself! Discover this energy-saving trick that thousands of other homeowners already enjoy.

For service in Ridgely: 731-264-0088
For service in Jackson: 731-736-4201
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