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How Does Cellulose Insulation Work?

September 10, 2018

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If you’re considering boosting your insulation before winter hits, you probably want to know what options you have. There are three primary types of insulation: cellulose, spray foam, and fiberglass.

Cellulose is a very popular option for a lot of reasons. It’s environmentally friendly and it’s often the least expensive of the insulation types.

This guide can help you decide if cellulose insulation is right for you!


How Cellulose is Installed

Cellulose insulation can be installed in three ways. The most common is having it blown into a space using a large hose. This is usually done in the attic,

You can also use this insulation in your walls. Dense pack cellulose provides heat and cold insulation, along with a level of soundproofing.

Finally, cellulose can be wet sprayed This is generally done during new construction and gives you the same benefits as dense packing the insulation.

When installed properly, cellulose will not settle in the building cavity. If someone installs it who aren’t experienced, they may not make it dense enough, which would mean the fill would not work properly. It pays to use a professional!


The R-Value of Cellulose Insulation

The R-Value of an insulation product will help you understand how well it does at protecting your home from heat and cold.

The R-value of cellulose is between fiberglass and spray foam. It is dense, which gives it a good R-value, reduced air flow, and good soundproofing abilities.

Both air flow and R-value make a big difference when it comes to how well your home will be insulated. Cellulose is a great option for high quality at an affordable price.


An Eco-Friendly Insulation Solution

One of the best things about using cellulose in your walls is how ecologically friendly it is. The product is 70 – 85% post-consumer recycled paper. The paper is treated with chemicals that are safe for people but protect against the risks of mold, fire, and pests.

Even better, during installation, no greenhouse gas producing propellants are used. Finally, in comparison with fiberglass, it takes 10X less energy to produce and manufacture.


Comparing Cellulose to Other Options

Cellulose insulation is right in the middle of the pack when it comes to insulation options. It’s a bit more expensive than fiberglass, but it protects much better. It has a good R-Value and some resistance to airflow and sound, but not nearly as good as foam.

Cellulose insulation can be a great option if you’re looking for an affordable, high-quality product. It doesn’t have all the benefits of spray foam, but it’s far more affordable.


Let Us Help With Your Insulation Needs Today!

Heating and cooling account for about 50% of a homes energy needs, so the insulation you choose matters. Don’t assume that because your home is already built that nothing can be done. We can easily retrofit your home with cellulose insulation or spray foam to upgrade your energy retention.

We’ve been proudly serving the Batesville and Jonesboro areas for over 30 years. We offer insulation, window replacement, air sealing, and general weatherization. Before the winter cold and wet hit, contact us for a quote on insulation today!

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Reeves Insulation has been in business, in the Batesville area, for over 30 years offering insulation, replacement windows, air sealing, and weatherization. Owner, Marvin Reeves started in the general contracting industry and his background has transferred over to Insulation and Home Energy Conservation, providing homeowners and businesses energy efficiency services to lower energy bills. Our business is family owned and operated and our goal is to provide you the best job at an affordable cost.