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Pest Resistant Insulation – Continued

By: Jasna Aleksandrova

Insulation that is not installed properly or doesn’t include pest resistant properties can become contaminated with pests and small animals. Your attic, for example, can easily become a comfy nesting place for breeding rodents. They can leave their feces and urine behind which can destroy the insulation and cause health issues if the waste particles are circulated throughout your home in the air conditioning and heating system. Contaminated air can sometimes cause severe allergic reactions and respiratory problems. In addition, if the insulation is contaminated it also means that it has to be removed and replaced.

Blown in Fiberglass

Adding insulation in your attic is one of the most cost effective ways to lower your cooling and heating costs, making your home more comfortable. In addition, installing blown insulation can offer noise reduction and fire resistant properties.

Spray foam insulation

Some people prefer soft spray foam insulation. With this type of insulation, air leaks are effectively minimized, because it creates a superior air seal. The tighter seal allows for the delivery of safe and healthy air, energy savings, and additional moisture control.

Cellulose insulation

Cellulose insulation is a pest resistant insulation that is a great addition to your pest prevention plan. This insulation works on most common household pests such as: cockroaches, ants, beetles, earwigs, silverfish, termites, etc. Cellulose insulation has addition qualities, such as fire resistance, because the boric acid within the product is a fire retardant. It is environmental friendly and works as a layer of carbon fire protection. In addition, the insulation offers sound deadening properties and is a superior way to prevent heat or air conditioning loss if installed properly. Cellulose insulation is a safe, pest controlling insulation that includes cellulose, of course, combined with natural borate pesticides.

Insulation and energy savings

Your home loses the largest percentage of its heat through the attic and roof. Your current insulation, especially in your attic may become worn or broken down and less effective, thus your home can lose more heat. This can also happen if the insulation is water damaged, compressed, incomplete or just installed improperly.

The amount of insulation that you should install in your home depends where you live. R-value is a measure used in the building and construction industry to describe the thermal resistance of insulation. If your home is further north or located in a colder climate, it should contain a bigger R-value. Just as the R-value can be less in warmer climates.

If you want to learn more about which insulation is right for the region that you live, you should consider a professional evaluation. A proper evaluation can help improve your knowledge of good energy saving and pest prevention practices for your home.

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