It shouldn't take just an old fashioned Minnesota January to get us thinking about the importance of energy efficiency in our homes. But a week or so of subzero temperatures certainly makes it top-of-mind. Energy efficiency is important all-year round in our homes. Not only can it save on bills but using less energy is environmentally friendly also.
The discomforts of a poorly insulated home are often wrongly blamed on furnace and air conditioning problems when the actual cause is the insulation or installation of the insulation. If we could look inside the walls, we would likely see spotty insulation fill or settling.
Blowing cellulose into your attic, walls and floors, and sealing attic bypasses, can reduce high heating and cooling bills, ice dams and drafty rooms. Dense packed cellulose is very effective at stopping air infiltration through walls and reducing mosture transfer in the wall cavity.
Houle Insulation is a locally based insulation contractor that has been re-insulating homes in Minnesota for more than 30 years. Whether your home was built a century ago or just completed, it's probably not too late for you and your family to enjoy the benefits of cellulose insulation. Cellulose is a recycled paper product that is chemically treated to be fire retardant and mold/mildew resistant. It does not loose its R-value when the temperature changes and it is a totally non-toxic product.
The NRDC has concluded the following:
- Cellulose insulation manufactured from recycled paper is the least polluting and most energy efficient insulation.
- Cellulose has the highest post-consumer recycled content. The fiberglass industry averages 35% recycled glass, while the cellulose industry averages a minimum of 75% recycled content.
- It takes more than 10 times as much energy to produce fiberglass insulation as cellulose insulation.
- Due to air circulation and natural convection, the R-value of blown-in fiberglass insulation decreases by as much as 50% as the temperature drops from 45 degrees F to 18 degrees F.
- Cellulose has better resistance to air flow and prevents the upward movement of air caused by temperature differences (the R-value of cellulose actually improves during cold weather).
- Substantial and well-documented public health threats are associated with fiberglass.
- No adverse health effects from cellulose insulation have been identified.
Arne and Kari Olson are the local owners of Houle Insulation which has received the Angies List Super Service award in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The company has built its name on satisfied customers. They'd be happy to provide an estimate for your home.