Cellulose Insulation: Save Your Home From Pests And Extreme Temps

What if there was a way to lower your utility bill AND protect your home from pests at the same time? Actually, there is! A cellulose installation will help you simultaneously reduce your heating and cooling bill while also helping keep bugs away. Okeena Pest Control Services has helped thousands of homeowners discover the many benefits of this service.

How Cellulose Installation Improves Your Home

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Before we get started on the benefits, let’s clarify what this valuable pest control service is. Cellulose insulation is a type of paper or wood-based product. It’s made from post-consumer recycled materials like a newspaper. Cellulose is fuzzy, airy, and lightweight, like the batting of a quilt. It’s actually quite environmentally friendly, thanks to the high percentage of recycled material that goes into it. And believe it or not, it’s more affordable than traditional insulation materials like fiberglass. It’s also more human-friendly. Fiberglass insulates, but it’s not good if you accidentally breathe it in. And recent studies have shown that households that choose cellulose over fiberglass will save about 30% on utility bills each year.

Increase The R-Value Of Your Home

The “R-Value” of a building measures an insulator’s capacity to resist heat flow. The higher the value, the better insulated your home is. Here in Tennessee, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends an R-Value of 38.

R-Value Calculator

To find the R-Value in your home, you’ll need to find the depth of your insulation in inches. Then, multiply by the following numbers, depending on which insulation you have:

Fiberglass – 3.2
Cellulose – 3.39
Rock Wool – 3.31

If your home’s current insulation does not meet the recommended R-Value, Okeena Termite And Pest can help with that. Some homeowners are under the impression that you can’t add insulation to an existing building, but that is not the case. We can easily add it to your home, garage, etc. Like fiberglass, cellulose can be blown into attics, walls, crawl spaces, and other areas where air can escape easily. So you can rest easy – we won’t have to tear down your entire wall to insulate!

Cellulose Insulation Provides Pest Control

It might seem counterintuitive since cellulose is made from plant material, but bugs actually hate cellulose. That’s because it’s treated with boric acid, which means roaches, earwigs, centipedes, spiders, ants, and other bugs won’t want anything to do with it. You’ll lower your energy bill and get a protective pest barrier at the same time.

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As we mentioned above, cellulose is blown into the walls using a specialized, well, blower. We insert packets of material that are fed into the machine’s hopper, where they are simultaneously puffed and stretched. Once the cellulose is fluffed, we distribute it in between joists in your attic. There is a possibility that we will need to cut a small hole in your drywall if the installation is for an existing build, not a new build. However, our team will make sure to patch and repair the hole so you won’t be able to tell the difference.

Another reason cellulose is better than traditional fiberglass: hidden obstructions. Add insulation to a new building, or building undergoing renovation, is easy since the interior of the walls is exposed. With existing buildings, however, there may be hidden obstructions in the wall that traditional fiberglass can’t maneuver around. With blown-in cellulose, we can easily reach the hose around any obstructions, so there are no gaps in the insulation coverage. The last thing you want is for air to escape through the insulation you just paid for!

Cellulose Helps Stop Fires

It really does sound too good to be true, but cellulose is fire retardant, even though it’s basically made from recycled paper products—the reason: the boric acid. The same substance that makes cellulose unbearable to bugs also happens to be resistant to flame. So if you’re worried about cellulose being nothing more than kindling in your walls – don’t be!

Get Professional Home Pest Control Services

For over 50 years, the experts at Okeena Pest Control have rescued thousands of homes from pest infestations. Our cellulose installation program will help keep annoying bugs out of your home and save you money on heating and cooling bills. It’s a win-win! If you’re interested in learning more or scheduling an appointment, give us a call today at 731-285-4982 or leave us a message online.

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