Insulation comes in a variety of forms. While you may simply go with the type of insulation that is already there in the case of an older building, you don't have to. If cellulose insulation hasn't been used, this is a building supply product that comes highly recommended because of the variety of benefits that it offers. Beyond insulating your building effectively, it is constructed of recycled materials and isn't harmful to people or pets. The insulation is treated with safe compounds that reduce the risk of fire, mold growth, and insect infestation.
Cellulose Insulation is Earth Friendly
Paper makes up the bulk of cellulose insulation, and the majority of the paper used within the insulation is recycled paper. The paper gets chopped up and placed into the insulation. This creates insulation that packs densely into the wall or attic it's blown into. It offers more insulation than typical fiberglass, whether in roll or blanket form. The additional insulation offered is also better for the environment as the building will require less energy to stay warm.
Treatments Used are Not Harmful to Humans or Pets
Some insulation is treated with harmful chemicals that are dangerous if touched or inhaled by humans and pets. With cellulose insulation, the treatments used are not hazardous. The insulation usually contains borate, a safe compound made from boric acid. The borate helps reduce the risk of fire, and repels bugs from the insulation. Other safe compounds can be added to help keep mold or mildew from growing in the event that your insulation gets wet.
Cellulose Insulation Fits Better In Difficult to Insulate Places
Unlike fiberglass insulation, cellulose insulation is blown into the cavity where you need to insulate. This means the insulation will fit easily around any pipes or other structures within the wall or in an attic. The density of cellulose materials reduces the air flow, keeping cold breezes to a minimum when you are insulating an older building. You'll get more coverage with cellulose, and a denser, more efficient insulation.
Cellulose insulation is a cost-effective way to insulate a new building, or to replace the insulation in an existing structure. If you use fiberglass, it's harder to replace a part of the fiberglass if it gets wet. With cellulose, you take out the wet or damaged insulation, and simply blow in more cellulose to fill up the space you want to insulate.