The Importance of Choosing Non-toxic Blow-in Wool Insulation for Your Home

11 May 2020

Installing insulation is one of the most environmentally friendly things a homeowner can do. Fortunately, you can cut heating and cooling bills by about 30 percent with proper insulation. These days, insulation is made with everything from newspaper and sheep’s wool to cotton and chemical foams. Many are far more “green” than their predecessors-including formaldehyde-free and recycled-content insulation. Even fibreglass, that old standard, has improved environmentally. When choosing insulation, most homeowners contemplate R-value, which measures resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation material is at reducing energy consumption. Another important consideration should be where the insulation will go. The attic is the easiest place to insulate and the most important in terms of saving money and energy. Sealing large air leaks is next, followed by insulating the basement. Let us look closer to the importance of choosing a non-toxic blow-in wool insulation for your home.

Non-Toxic Blow-In Wool Insulation Basics

Less common and more expensive, non-toxic blow-in wool insulation, otherwise known as wool batting might be the next insulation type to consider if you want a non-fibreglass option and you have ruled out mineral wool. It can be used between wood-framed walls and in the attic floor.

Non-Toxic Blown-In Insulation is More Efficient

One of the benefits of blown-in insulation when compared to types like fibreglass batts, is that blown-in insulation is more efficient.  Because loose-fill insulation is a monolithic layer of insulation without seams like are found in batts, studies have shown that loose-fill insulation performs up to 22% better than batts of the same R value.

Non-Toxic Blown-In Insulation is Easy to Install

Another benefit of blown-in insulation is that it is very easy to install. It is also very fast. A professional can take care of blown-in insulation much more quickly than they can install other types of insulation. Usually two installers can do a house in a few hours – one feeding material into a blowing machine in the truck and the other in the attic spreading the insulation from the other end of the hose.  Those two installers batting the attic would take much more time.

Non-Toxic Blown-In Insulation is a Good Investment

Adding loose-fill insulation to your attic is one of the fastest paybacks of any home improvement project.  The amount of money you save on energy costs will add up quickly over the next couple of years, more than paying for itself, and even bringing a return on your investment. These are just a few of the many benefits of blown-in insulation.

For more information, contact D&D Insulation Services. We supply and offer a complete batt installation service, for new and existing homes for all types of batts (thermal and acoustic), foils and blankets. An extensive range of polyester, fibreglass and wool products is available for acoustic and thermal applications.


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