Insulation Installation What you Should KnowSeptember 19, 2016
Insulation installation is one of the most important parts of your home, especially if you want to improve your homes energy performance while lessening the environmental impact.
Did you know that cooling and heating consumes about 44 percent of all of the energy used in your home? Insulation installation can reduce your utility bills by as much as 30 percent a year. The average household in the United States spends about $650.00 annually on cooling and heating bills.
You can instantly save energy if you consider installing insulation in your attic. Not only will you benefit immediately, but you will also be able to save even more as you can usually do it yourself.
The largest surface that should be insulated is also one of the most important because it’s the foundation of your home. According to Capitol Machine un-insulated commercial and residential foundations account for up to 20 percent of home heat loss.
If you are installing insulation, you may want to trade in your tired furnace and air conditioning unit as it is a great way to scale your homes efficiency.
When you choose insulation, make sure that you do your best to go green as insulation materials these days are made almost entirely from renewable, abundant, and nontoxic materials, while others are made from limited petroleum and are very tough, if not impossible to recycle.
Cellulose insulation is made from recycled paper with close to 75 percent repurposed from post consumer waste paper. Cellulose insulation uses a fraction of energy causing less pollution than fiberglass or mineral wool insulation. Cellulose is blow into the ceiling and wall cavities and the attic. Cellulose insulation installation is not recommended for locations that are prone to moisture or that are at or below the foundations perimeter.
Cotton insulation is manufactured out of natural and renewable resources with a small amount of polyester and boron as flame retardant. Most of the cotton that is used in insulation is scrap from denim manufacturers. One company makes its insulation using 85 percent denim. Cotton insulation does not contain formaldehyde and can be used in wall cavities and on attic floors.
Made from recycled glass and silica sand fiberglass insulation is made from materials that are melted in generating large amounts of pollution. The fossil fuel burning furnace used causes more pollution than other types of insulation. Fiberglass insulation can cause problems if the fibers escape during insulation installation. You also need to make sure that the ductwork is sealed properly.