Whether you’re installing insulation in your attic, crawlspace, or basement, chances are you’ll be trying to decide between which type of insulation you want. While there are several varieties, including batted and fiberglass, there is also cellulose insulation. Here, we discuss everything you need to know about cellulose insulation to help you decide if it’s right for you.
What is cellulose insulation?
Cellulose insulation is a type of fiber insulation made from recycled paper. It’s created when small pieces of paper are fiberized to make it more densely packed, preventing airflow. It is then treated with non-hazardous chemicals to make it flame retardant and resistant to pests and mold.
There are typically two types of cellulose insulation: loose-fill and dense packed. Loose-fill cellulose is less densely packed as dense packed cellulose. As such, it’s used in attics while dense packed is used in walls and ceilings. Both, however, are installed with a blowing machine.
What are the benefits of cellulose insulation?
Cellulose insulation will keep your home comfortable and prevent airflow just like other types of insulation. What makes it stand out amongst the rest, though, is its eco-friendliness. Cellulose insulation is made up of recycled paper. As such, that’s less paper that winds up in landfills, producing harmful greenhouse gases as they decompose. Additionally, the process of making cellulose insulation is also eco-friendly thanks to its energy efficiency.
When homeowners hear that it’s made out of recycled paper, however, they’re understandably worried about fires. But cellulose insulation is treated with non-hazardous, fire-retardant chemicals. This gives it a Class 1 Fire Rating, meaning that it can help control the spread of fire and prevent it from getting out of control.