Let's think insulation

For those of you that follow our blog you know that one of our favorite topics is Energy Efficiency.  For a myriad of reasons, we emphasize conserving Energy, it is the responsible thing to do in light of Global Warming and financially it just makes simple sense to not waste hard earned money by wasting energy.  It sounds like a no-brainer to me!

When Vermont Modular orders a brand-new home we consistently delete the insulation up in the attic.  We have several reasons for what might seem odd:

  • First, up in the attic there are a series of pipes that will need to be connected together and then up through the roof, these are the vent-pipes for all of the waste lines.  It is through these vents that dangerous sewer gas is kept from getting into the house.
  • Second, there are numerous penetrations in the building envelope for wires, light fixtures, pipes, and so on.  These penetrations should all be “Foamed Shut” in the factory preventing warm Heat Loss.  If there are holes it allows warm air to escape and that’s Lost Energy.  Just in case something gets missed, we can fix it for you as everything is exposed, not covered up with insulation.  This simple little step will help you.
  • Lastly, after everything is completed up in the attic it makes good sense to install a lot of Blown In Cellulose insulation.  We recommend Cellulose in the attic as it does a great job, it is very environmentally friendly, and it is cost effective, a.k.a. cheap.

Take a look at today’s picture, it shows a worker holding a hose that is spraying in cellulose insulation.

Do you know that Cellulose is manufactured from paper products, mostly newspaper, that is headed for the land-fill?  The newsprint is then shredded and treated to withstand fire, rodents, mold, and is turned into a very useful and environmentally sound insulating product.  All that plus cellulose is a very cost-effective insulation.

What do you think?  Would you spray in your attic insulation?

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