What is Blow-In Insulation?
Among the services Valley Insulation LLC offers is blow-in insulation. Blow-in insulation can be composed of either cellulose or fiberglass.
While cellulose and fiberglass both work to reduce heat flow and maintain the internal temperature of a home, there are some distinct differences. What really sets cellulose insulation apart is that it’s made from recycled paper. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it also seals small spaces much better than fiberglass blow-in insulation or fiberglass batts. It is treated with boric acid, too, which give it the UL-Class 1 fire rating and its pest deterring properties.
Valley Insulation LLC uses Nu-wool Wallseal System, a cellulose insulation made from recycled paper, which offers a number of benefits. Below, we’ll detail those benefits and the benefits of blow-in insulation in general.
Perhaps the greatest benefit to blow-in insulation is its ease of installation. While rolled insulation requires significant time to install, with workers on their hands and knees fitting the insulation in place, blow-in insulation is simply blown out of a long hose. This greatly reduces the time and effort needed to install the insulation.
Because of the way cellulose blow-in insulation is installed, it provides a better seal than typical rolls of insulation. Rolled insulation, often fiberglass, comes in pre-determined widths, which means that it can sometimes leave small spaces that allow air and noise to travel through them more easily. Cellulose insulation tends to fill tight spaces better, which means that much less noise is able to travel through the walls. In all, this type of insulation yields a quieter home.
A standard way to consider the efficiency of an insulation is by its R-value. This is the value that identifies an insulation’s ability to resist the flow of heat. A higher R-value means that the insulation will help the home or insulated space better retain its heat. Because blow-in insulation offers better coverage than rolled insulations, it also typically confers better retention.
It’s important to be aware that some rolled insulations will carry a higher R-value than some blow-in insulations. While it is the case that some rolled insulations offer better retention, the manner of their installation means that they may still be allowing for unwanted airflow. So while the material itself offers a high R-value, the less consistent coverage means that people living in the home won’t necessarily experience all the benefits of that higher R-value.
While blow-in insulation is easier to install and provides better coverage than other insulations, it can cost a bit more. However, because this type of insulation performs so well, homeowners will experience significant enough savings in heating and cooling costs that the cost will be made up over the course of a handful of years.
Blow-In Insulation from Valley Insulation LLC
Nu-Wool Wallseal, the cellulose blow-in insulation offered by Valley Insulation LLC, comes pre-treated with a fungicide to prevent mold and fungus growth from moisture. It is also fire retardant and environmentally friendly. It offers superior coverage and performance, and it also dampens environmental noise and is coated to deter insects and pests. For more information on our insulation installation services, contact Valley Insulation LLC today, and let us know what kind of project we can help you with.