As we move deeper into Autumn, it is hard not to set one’s sights on the skies predicting when the first snowflake will fall. It is always a bit of a touchy subject with the majority of our neighbours dreading the very thought while the small minority of us eagerly awaits the first dusting. Love it or hate it, winter is coming and it is bringing snow and ice along with it. Not many of us, however, are aware that the location of both snow and ice tells a lot about the health of your home. When you picture your home all frosted over after a nice heavy snowfall what do you see? Is your home tucked in nice and tight under a thick blanket of snow or are you seeing long icicles glistening in the morning sun? Believe it or not, one scenario is much preferable to the other. Snow on your roof means that the cold air is staying outside where it belongs and the warm air is keeping your family warm and cozy inside instead of escaping to heat the whole neighbourhood. Icicles on the roof when the air is brisk and the snow is thick are a clear indication of heat loss. If your neighbour’s roof is covered in snow and yours is bare……then you had better act fast and give us a call.
When considering insulating one’s attic space, cellulose insulation is often favoured because it is practical and cost-effective. It can conform around obstructions like wires and ducts and it is relatively easy to install. Because cellulose is denser then fiberglass it has a higher R-value per volume and therefore a higher R-value can be achieved in a smaller area.
I am sure you are wondering what exactly cellulose consists of. When most people think of insulation they think of the itchy pink stuff. Cellulose is neither irritating nor pink. If is made from recycled paper, usually newspaper, that has been treated with boric acid and borate. This makes it a very eco-friendly insulating option while the treatment of the paper makes it flame, pest and mould resistant. Borate is actually a class 1 fire retardant. That means that if your house were ever to catch fire it would take longer for the fire to move from room to room if the walls and attic are insulated with cellulose which ultimately could mean life or death for those inside the house.
So how does it work? Two workers and a truck will arrive at your home. One worker is there to operate the machine while the other worker has the unlucky job of climbing up into your dark and often cramped attic space to disperse the insulation where it is required. The insulation is blown out of the machine into all the necessary nooks and crannies and when the installation is complete it has a similar effect and consistency to a beautiful down duvet blanketing your whole home and family all winter long.
Already have insulation in your attic? Great….is it enough? If you are concerned that the R-value of your existing insulation just isn’t up to par then have no fear, cellulose can be added right on top of your existing insulation to give your home the added protection that it needs. Think the walls are your issue? No problem there either. Cellulose can be blown into existing walls with minimal aesthetic interruption. Whatever your insulating needs, we are here to help. Give us a call and we can perform an in-home consultation to help you determine what we can do to keep cozy all winter long. So don’t heat the whole neighbourhood as your parents warned you about. Keep winter out with cellulose insulation from Chase Insulation.