Blown-in cellulose insulation is a type of insulation made from recycled paper fibers treated with fire-retardant chemicals. There are different types of blown-in cellulose insulation available, including:
- Loose-fill cellulose insulation: This type of insulation is made up of loose fibers blown into cavities using a machine. It is commonly used for attic and wall insulation.
- Dense-pack cellulose insulation: This type of insulation is blown into wall cavities under high pressure to create a dense layer of insulation that is resistant to air infiltration. It is commonly used for existing walls that are being retrofitted with insulation.
- Wall-spray cellulose insulation: This type of insulation is sprayed onto the inside of wall cavities and can be used to insulate new or existing walls. It can also be used to fill in gaps and cracks in existing walls.
- Stabilized cellulose insulation: This type of insulation is treated with a bonding agent to give it a more stable and rigid structure. It is commonly used for insulating ceilings and floors.
In all cases, specialized equipment will need to be attained and used for the installation.
Why do We Use Cellulose Insulation with Boric Acid
At Good Home Insulation, we use Cellulose Insulation that is treated with boric acid. The reason we do that is because Boric acid is a naturally occurring mineral that has fire-retardant properties and also acts as a pesticide and fungicide.
- Fire resistance: When cellulose insulation is treated with boric acid, it can help protect your home and family from the dangers of fire. It’s a very effective fire retardant.
- Pest control: Next, it’s also a natural pesticide that can help deter insects and pests from invading your home. So when cellulose insulation is treated with boric acid, it can help keep pests like ants, termites, and cockroaches at bay.
- Mold and mildew prevention: Lastly Boric acid has fungicidal properties, which can help prevent the growth of harmful mold and mildew in your home.
How to Install Blown-In Cellulous
Blown-in cellulose insulation is typically applied using a specialized blowing machine that is designed to break up the cellulose fibers and blow them into the desired areas. Here are the general steps involved in applying blown-in cellulose insulation:
- Preparation: Before applying the insulation, the installer will first prepare the area by sealing any air leaks, covering any electrical wires, and protecting any fixtures or appliances that could be damaged by the insulation.
- Mixing: The cellulose insulation is typically mixed with water and any necessary additives, such as borate or fire retardant, in a large hopper. The mixture is then agitated to break up any clumps and ensure that the fibers are evenly distributed.
- Blowing: The installer will then use a blowing machine to blow the insulation into the desired areas. This may include attics, walls, and floors, depending on the needs of the home.
- Leveling: Once the insulation is blown into place, the installer will use a special tool to level the insulation to the desired depth. This helps ensure that the insulation is evenly distributed and provides consistent thermal protection.
- Cleanup: Finally, the installer will clean up any excess insulation and debris from the installation area, leaving the home clean and tidy.
Blown-In Cellulous Insulation provides excellent thermal protection and can help reduce energy costs while improving indoor comfort. Give Good Home Insulation a call today if you’d like a free energy audit to see if additional insulation is right for you!