Cellulose Insulation and Air Infiltration

Building a new home or updating an older one, while stressful at times, is a very exciting time for homeowners. While it is easy to get caught up in picking out paint colors, countertops, flooring, and all the other eye-catching elements of a home, it is important to consider the behind-the-scenes elements as well.

Insulation, while invisible from inside a home, may be the single most important element in terms of making a home a quiet and comfortable place to live. Just as a homeowner can choose from granite, solid surface or laminate countertops, there are many options for insulation – and not all insulation perform equally.

When considering insulation, it is important to understand what it does. At the simplest level, insulation keeps heat outside in the summer and inside in the winter. All insulation products are designed to slow the movement of heat, and this ability is measured in terms of R-Value. Now, here’s where it gets tricky. R-Value does not measure the effect of moving air. Wind, heating and cooling units and exhaust vents all create differences in indoor and outdoor air pressure, resulting in air movement. Many insulation products are low-density and air permeable, allowing this moving air to pass through.

Fiberlite’s high-density cellulose insulation is the ideal solution to counteract the effect of air infiltration. Not only does cellulose have exceptional R-Value, but it has been found to be extremely effective at slowing the movement of air. As an added bonus, Fiberlite’s cellulose insulation works wonders for sound control, making your home both comfortable and quiet.

And here’s the most important part. You’ll also be saving money every month on heating and cooling bills – money you’ll probably need to pay for those granite countertops!

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