Why Cellulose Is Considered the Green Choice for Insulation
Cellulose boasts the greatest energy-saving potential, the highest recycled content and the lowest amount of energy required to manufacture. It allows you to make a positive contribution to the environment without sacrificing performance. It is free of asbestos, formaldehyde, CFCs, HFCs and HCFCs, and doesn’t produce harmful VOC emissions. Instead, it is treated with a mineral-based fire and insect retardant called boric acid.
Five Green Facts about Cellulose Insulation
- Cellulose contains the largest amount of post-consumer recycled material in the industry— up to 85 per cent. That translates to half a million tons of newspaper and cardboard being recycled into cellulose insulation each year.
- As newspaper decomposes in landfills, it releases toxins such as methane. Making cellulose insulation from newsprint prevents a significant amount of greenhouse gasses from entering the environment.
- Cellulose requires less energy to manufacture than any other insulation material. This is known as “embodied energy”, or the energy required to transport raw materials and the energy used to make the final product. Fiberglass, by comparison, requires 10 times more embodied energy than cellulose, and spray foam insulation uses up to 64 times more embodied energy.
- Cellulose insulation allows you to think globally, but act locally. It can be locally produced using recycling services and community-based programs that are close to home.
- Cellulose insulation has an R value of R-3.8 per inch; this R-value remains consistent. Comparatively, fiberglass insulation loses some of its R-value in extreme temperatures, resulting in decreased performance when you need it the most.
More Reasons to Choose Cellulose Insulation
Insulating even just one small attic with cellulose insulation will save:
- 19 trees
- 3.3 cubic metres of landfill
- 30 kilograms of air pollution
- 682.5 gallons of oil
- 4000 kilowatt-hours of energy
- 7000 gallons of water
Cellulose Insulation Contractors in Edmonton
If you have any questions or need more information about the different types of insulation that are available, contact the insulation experts at L. L. Climatic Insulation. We will help you compare the benefits of cellulose to fiberglass and spray foam insulation and find the insulation solution that will work best for you. To receive a free estimate in Edmonton, give us a call at 780-463-3835 or fill out our online request form.