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Recommended levels of attic and wall insulation are your primary defense against heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter. Insulation is measured in R-values. "R" indicates resistance to heat and the higher the "R" value, the greater your home will resist the transfer of heat. Prescribed amounts of insulation increases your home's thermal performance while decreasing heating and cooling costs. A properly insulated home will also reduce outside noise while increasing comfort levels for you and your family.
When selecting the correct insulation material for your home, the following tips may offer some help:
Cellulose loose-fill insulation material will achive all of the above recommendations and offers the highest R-Value per inch.
To be more comfortable in their homes, more and more people are embracing the idea of reinsulating. They're bent on keeping the winter in, summer heat out and monthly energy bills from going through the roof. And, they are doing it with one of the most energy efficient products on the market today, Cocoon insulation.
Made from recycled newspaper, Cocoon cellulose insulation is environmentally friendly, lightweight and easy to install. It is also non-abrasive, contains no fiberglass, formaldehyde or asbestos, and yet is treated to be permanently fire retardant and insect resistant.
What is more amazing is the fact that Cocoon insulation is superior to conventional fiberglass insulation when it comes to both coverage and performance. Unlike fiberglass, Cocoon insulation fills in all kinds of nooks and crannies - a feature that dramatically reduces energy loss and results in savings for you. As such, it is a "simply-smarter" insulation.
INCREDIBLE COMFORT AND SAVINGS
In essence, Cocoon insulation creates a thermal shell around your home which allows for more even temperatures from room to room. It also adds comfort with its exceptional acoustic sound-deadening properties – absorbing outside noises like planes and street traffic, as well as inside sounds, like plumbing, TV’s, radios and conversation.
As far as savings go, Cocoon insulation requires significantly less energy and money to keep your home comfortable. It also provides more insulation value per inch. You see, the effectiveness of insulation is measured in terms of thermal resistance called R-value, which indicates the resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. So, to achieve an R-30 for example, you would need 12.75 inches of loose fill fiberglass products, whereas with Cocoon insulation, only 8.1 inches are required.
HERE ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT CONSERVATION STEPS YOU CAN TAKE
The first place to consider installing Cocoon insulation should be the attic. That’s because a typical home’s largest single source of energy loss is through the ceiling. Cocoon insulation is blown into attics in its loose form, and can even be applied over existing insulation to achieve a higher R-value.
Secondly, Cocoon insulation should be retrofitted into uninsulated walls, where much of a home’s heat is also lost. For easy installation, small holes are drilled into either the exterior or interior of the home, and then the insulation is blown in. Afterward, the small openings are repaired to be visibly undetectable.
Cocoon insulation can be installed over existing fiberglass batting to increase year-round comfort.