Cellulose Insulation Contractors In Phoenix, AZ
Blown-In Cellulose Insulation
The oldest form of home insulation is Cellulose. It can be made using cotton, sawdust, hemp, straw, and many other plant materials that has a low thermal-conduction activity. However, it is now produced using recycled newspapers which is treated later on with a chemical that helps to reduce the possibility of ignition.
Becoming popular in the 70’s at the time of the oil crisis, it went through a period of competition with the Fiberglass insulation in regards to fire-standards being lobbied by the Fiberglass companies, as well as the mineral companies.
Even though Cellulose is chemically treated to increase the properties that made it flammable, there is still a risk of ignition with the potential to burn. Cellulose is generally made from one of these: Boric acid, sodium borate, or ammonium sulfate would be used for this as they are considered to be safe if it comes into human contact.
There are some advantages to using these materials, for instance: These materials will reduce airflow drastically, and it is far less expensive. On top of that, it is considered to be safe, meaning that there are no serious health risks to take.
However, the newspapers that are used do put off gases from the ink but, the insulation is used in sealed up areas and it is unlikely that any health issues will come from this. Yet, whenever handling insulation regardless of whether it is Cellulose or Fiberglass, a person should wear a breathing mask to protect their lungs.
Both, Fiberglass and Cellulose are used as for insulation, however, they both have their own advantages so be sure to search up what their advantages are before choosing. Of course, there are also other types of insulation not covered here. These would be vermiculite, rock wool, and the various insulation’s that are two-parts foam.
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