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Pest Control Insulation
Chemically treated cellulose insulation made from recycled newsprint is an incredibly affordable, safe, and environmentally friendly way to keep pests out of your attic and save on your energy bill. Here are a few of the key benefits of installing Breda’s Pest Insulation:
Immediate return on your investment
Average savings is 20-40% monthly on your energy bills!
The cellulose insulation is treated with a fire retardant that forms a charred surface which, when burned, limits the spread of fire.
Lifelong Pest Protection
Roaches, ants, silverfish and other pests like to harborage in your attic. The borate cellulose insulation will control these unwanted invaders permanently.
Year Round Comfort
Cellulose insulation allows you to keep more consistent temperatures year round, giving HVAC System a break. In fact, most utility companies will offer rebates when you add insulation to your attic.
Cellulose insulation is made from 87% recycled newspaper.
Cellulose insulation is an EPA-labeled building product which has undergone “Fungi Resistance” testing (ASTM Method C1338) as is stated on its label. Other forms of insulation do not undergo this qualification, and may support mold growth during construction, or upon moist conditions.
How It's Made
Cellulose insulation is made from 87% recovered newsprint—the same newspapers you put out on your curb for collection. That newsprint was made from wood pulp—trees: our most important renewable resource. The newspaper is fed through an electric disc-mill whose exceedingly fine tolerances explode the fibers into a soft, gray, cotton-ball-like substance. These electric mills can be turned off when not in use to save energy.
A Better Option than Fiber-Glass
Fiber-glass insulation contains only 0-20% recycled content, and is made with giant gas-fired mills, which must remain “on” during down time, all the while giving off “greenhouse gases,” then spun in an additional process, using even more energy.
Data reported to the Canadian Standards Association suggest fiber-glass production actually requires 59 times more energy than cellulose production, on a pound-for-pound basis. Adjusting for weight differences, mineral fiber materials take at least 25 to 30 times more energy to make than cellulose of equivalent R-value.
The Environmental Benefits
Paper, especially newsprint, is a major component of the residential waste stream and a major disposal problem for communities throughout the nation. Installing insulation in a 1500 ft. new ranch-style home productively recycles as much newsprint as a family will consume in 40 years; not only recycles, but removes it from the waste stream permanently, greatly saving landfill space! Other than the borates, which are about 11% of insulation by weight, it is not necessary to transport raw materials long distances to cellulose insulation plants. In addition, recycling newsprint locally as cellulose insulation makes it unnecessary to expend energy transporting it to distant landfills or de-inking plants.
Just as significant as its recycling advantage is the superiority of the product as an insulating material. Many independent insulation authorities agree that cellulose is the best fiber thermal insulation, and an impressive body of scientific research supports this belief. Studies at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have proven that cellulose is not subject to the convective effects that degrade the actual R-value of other loose-fill fiber insulation materials at low attic temperatures. Spun glass fiber is an excellent air filter; we use it in the air returns of our home heating/AC systems because air readily moves through it. But in our attics, that means that fiberglass insulation lets the radiant heat from the sun heat up our ceilings, so that the AC has to run longer to cool the house. And in winter, warm air from inside the house escapes through the ceiling and is replaced by heavier cold air, making our furnace work harder and longer, driving up energy usage and cost. The insulation is denser than fiber glass, and a poor air filter, so that it retards this convective heat transfer. Even at mild temperatures, without the convective effects of wind currents, with an R-factor of 3.7/inch, performs well against glass fiber @ approximately 2.5 (blown) to 3.2 (batt). To achieve good insulation with fiber-glass, the US Energy Department recommended R-value of 49, which would require about 13 inches of insulation, or about 20 inches of glass fiber—pretty much an impossibility in a peaked-roof attic!
Here’s a number you can “hang your green hat on”: Typical energy savings from choosing borate insulation will range from 20 to 38%. Whether you measure it in kilowatts or dollars, expect big savings while reducing your “carbon footprint.”
Since cellulose insulation is blown into attics, and sprayed into and onto walls, never cut or trimmed on the job, there is virtually no waste: any excess is swept up or vacuumed and fed back into the hopper for re-use. This is a significant reduction in the disposal stream at the building site: the portion of the dumpster usually filled with cut and torn batts will have more room for other building product waste. Finally, if the insulation ever must be removed because of damage (e.g., flooding or animal destruction), it may be land-filled without restriction, and presents no environmental hazard if ever removed.