House Insulation: Innovative And Eco-Friendly?
It's a well-known fact that good insulation is a key factor in having an energy efficient house, while it also saves a lot of money on heating bills. However, not many people know that the majority if commercial insulation is something nobody would like to breathe in every single day. It is believed that the chemical insulation, which can be found in most households, can lead to asthma, cancer and various other problems. So before you start buying eco-friendly kitchen appliances and installing solar panels let's see what you can do for your insulation.
1. Nanogel insulation
This is insulation of the future. It is a super-porous silicon foam that is actually 99% air. It's light but very insulating and strong at the same time. The secret is in its tiny spores that provide excellent insulation. Another great thing about it is that it's transparent, which means you can use it for insulating your windows or get creative and insulate translucent ceilings and walls – the light will get in, but the room temperature will be just as you want it. Regarding the packaging, nanogel is always sealed into fiberglass panels that are safe to work with.
2. Recycled denim (cotton) insulation
This organic insulation is usually made from pieces of denim and other textile plants that left unused, which means it's formaldehyde free. To be more precise, recycled blue jeans have been used for this type of insulation. Sounds cool, right? It can be bought as loose fill or gathered in a batt. As it's basically textile products, it is treated with boric acid and is great as a pest repellent, fire retardant and it's excellent as antifungal means. Boric acid is a good choice, as it isn't remotely toxic as other acids. Cotton insulation is easy to install, and there's no need for you to wear any special clothes during the process. Its performance is as good as if you were using fiberglass, although its acoustic qualities are far superior. The only downside is that it's about twice as expensive as fiberglass, but its longevity can make up for the cost.
3. Sheep wool insulation
For thousands of years, sheep wool has had the reputation of providing excellent insulation. People have been using it for centuries in the process of making garments, so it's weird that this much time had to pass until we started using it for building insulation. The right term for sheep’s wool insulation material is thermafleece. In comparison to engineered types of insulation, thermafleece requires only s small fraction of energy for production. It is also safe to handle and very easy and quick to install. As wool fibers are breathable, the moisture is absorbed and released without the thermal performance being affected at all. When comparing material thickness, its R-value is about 0.6 points higher than of fiberglass. And additional bonus – in case of fire in a home, sheep's wool will contribute to slowing down the fire, as it is not flammable.
4. Living roof insulation
Planting vegetation on your roof, okay this isn't a traditional replacement that can be applied to the whole house but the benefits are worth considering. Using a living roof as insulation will reduce indoor sound even up to 40 decibels. Although this might up your home renovation costs It could also influence indoor temperature during summer, which helps you save up some money on air conditioning. Even though it doesn't help during wet weather, the vegetation on the roof can trap blowing snow. And let's not forget the fact that it protects the whole roof from various weather conditions, prolonging its life expectancy and that it gives a great contribution to the general aesthetics!
Whatever type of insulation you opt for, there will always be advantages and disadvantages, whether it costs more, it needs more time to install or it's a difficult type of insulation to obtain. Nevertheless, if properly chosen, insulation will have huge positive effects on the energy consumption inside the house, your family's health and comfort, which, as you will probably agree, leads to a happy household.