When installing insulation, there are many factors to consider. Durability and efficiency are two very important considerations, but it is also important to think about whether the insulation is eco-friendly. Properly insulated homes use less energy, meaning all insulation is eco-friendly to some degree. But, there are four types of insulation that are especially eco-friendly.
Wool insulation is an affordable, natural, and eco-friendly insulation. This type of insulation can be used in your attic, walls, and floors. Wool insulation purifies the air, reduces thermal conductivity, regulates humidity, and provides your home with sound insulation. An added benefit is that wool self extinguishes, meaning that it does not burn up.
Wool is a one-hundred percent natural source of insulation. There is an abundance of the material and it requires very little preparation. In fact, the only step necessary to prepare wood as insulation is cleaning.
Denim, or cotton, insulation is composed mostly of reused scraps of denim and boric-acid-treated plastic. The boric acid provides the plastic with a flame-resistant component. The chemical used to make the insulation flame retardant also prevents the growth of fungus and bacteria. Denim insulation also prevents pests and insects from entering your home.
The low density and natural air gaps of this insulation increase the insulation’s thermal resistance. Denim insulation is widely considered the most eco-friendly type of insulation because it is made of recycled materials and the insulation can be recycled again after removal.
Similar to denim insulation, cellulose insulation is composed of mostly organic materials with some boric acid. Cellulose insulation is composed mostly of plant fibers and recycled materials. It is estimated that seventy percent of cellulose insulation contains recycled newspaper.
Blown-in insulation is both easy to install and cost-effective. This type of insulation is also a loose fit. This insulation provides homeowners with a variety of benefits. Not only is cellulose insulation effective, but the boric acid deters rodents and insects. This type of insulation also improves your home’s sound barrier.
Spray Foam Insulation
Another form of insulation that is widely considered to be one of the most eco-friendly kinds of insulation is spray foam. Spray foam insulation is created by combining polyol resin and a type of isocyanate. The main advantage of this type of insulation is that it expands to fill whatever space it is placed. This creates an air-tight seal around cracks and crevices.
Spray foam insulation is very effective and greatly decreases your home’s energy usage. This quality minimizes the homeowner’s carbon footprint.
Consult the Professionals
Professional Ottawa Insulation installers can help you find the insulation that best fits you and your home’s needs. A wide range of insulation types is available ranging in effectiveness, costs, and degree of eco-friendliness.