Why Insulate Your House?
Heating and cooling account for 50 to 70% of the energy used in the average American home. Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most homes.
- Saves money and our nation’s limited energy resources
- Makes your house more comfortable by helping to maintain a uniform temperature throughout the house, and
- Makes walls, ceilings, and floors warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Which is the best insulation for the environment?
Cellulose Insulation is made from at least 80% recycled paper, primarily newsprint, giving it the highest recycled content of any insulation product. Cellulose insulation also has the lowest embodied energy score of any major insulation. It takes less energy to produce and transport cellulose insulation, which means fewer emissions are manufacturing it. Fiberglass uses approximately 10 times more energy than cellulose insulation to produce and transport, while foam products, derived from petroleum, use even more. In addition, neither of these products is recyclable.
What is the best insulation to use in a cold climate?
Performance of fiberglass insulation DECREASES dramatically when the difference between the internal and external temperature exceeds 30 degrees, while the performance of cellulose remains stable.
What does R-value mean?
R-value is a measure of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. The higher the R-value, the greater the resistance.