Cellulose insulation is a high-quality, eco-friendly product. It helps regulate temperatures inside your home or business while potentially lowering your monthly utility bills. The materials come from recycled newspapers and other paper products, which allows you to reduce your carbon footprint. We specialize in using Nu-Wool cellulose insulation for many of our installs. In today’s blog post, Valley Insulation explains some amazing facts behind cellulose insulation.
Cellulose insulation has an average R-value of around 3.5 per inch of thickness. That’s about the same R-value as fiberglass even though blow-in insulation made of cellulose is generally cheaper. Your home or business benefits from lowered installation costs and better utility bills. Nu-Wool insulation, which we use here at Valley Insulation, has an R-value of 3.8 per inch of thickness.
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Cellulose insulation is generally made of up to 85 percent recycled content by weight. The rest comes from nontoxic borate compounds that resist fire, insects, and mold. Nu-Wool is 86 percent recycled content, with 65 percent of that coming from post-consumer recycled newspaper. One study from 2015 states that if all new homes are insulated with blow-in cellulose insulation, it would keep 3.2 million tons of newspapers out of landfills every year. Insulating one home of 1,500 square feet recycles as much newspaper as one person reads in 40 years.
Your purchase not only keeps more paper out of landfills, but it also reduces your carbon footprint compared to other materials. Cellulose insulation uses eight times less energy to make versus fiberglass. Plus, you lower your carbon footprint by using less energy to heat or cool your home after we install cellulose insulation.
Cellulose insulation resists fires more readily compared to other types because it is so densely packed. When filled in correctly, cellulose fill has fewer pockets of air that could lead to the spread of fire. Nu-Wool, the primary type of blow-in insulation we use at Valley Insulation, comes with a Class 1 fire rating. It increases the fire resistance of wall cavities anywhere from 22 to 55 percent.
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Cellulose Insulation from Valley Insulation
Our cellulose insulation is friendly to the environment, resists fires, and saves on your energy bills. You might see a return on your investment within months instead of years, depending on your situation. Contact us today or call us at (513) 353-4100 to see what we can do for your home or business.