Cellulose Insulation

Written by Courtney Salinas
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When looking for the sources of home energy costs, one of the first places to look is in the walls of your home. Poor insulation can cause a lot of the energy expenses the average homeowner pays. A poorly insulated home can cause high energy bills due to outside air infiltration or sickness due to molds, drafts or harmful chemicals in the insulation. Cellulose insulation, specifically, can reduce your energy bills, support recycling and recycling programs and provide a safer alternative to traditional fiberglass insulation.

Cellulose Insulation and Recycling

Cellulose insulation is created solely from recycled paper. Many of us worry about the effects of our consumption and waste on the environment. Recycling can be very helpful, but supporting products that use recycled materials can be monumentally helpful as well. The more we purchase products made from recycled materials, the more recycling programs can grow. Cellulose insulation on average contains a minimum of 75 percent recycled materials that might otherwise have gone to fill valuable landfill space. Making cellulose insulation out of 75 percent recycled material helps the air outside, too. Preserving trees by recycling increases our air quality.

Sound Control

While helping reduce the amount of energy you use in your home, cellulose insulation can also make your home soundproof. Because it fits so tightly in the walls of buildings, it reduces the amount of noise pollution from the outside, which makes working easier and home life more relaxing.

Pest, Fire and Mold Control

Cellulose insulation is treated with borate. Borate is derived from the mineral Boron, which is a non-toxic pesticide and keeps your insulation safe from roaches and other insects as well as dangerous molds. The borate also makes the cellulose insulation fire retardant.


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