Why You Should Consider AFT Cellulose Insulation
AFT cellulose insulation is denser than fiberglass and when installed conforms to the space
where it's installed - creating a seamless thermal and acoustical blanket that minimizes Air
infiltration, increases Comfort and Energy Savings, is Environmentally Friendly, and has
Superior Fire Performance.
Cellulose insulation has long been regarded as superior to other fiber insulation materials
in sealing the building envelope against air infiltration. This characteristic was
conventional wisdom until researchers at the University of Colorado put the concept
to the test in identical structures in the winter of 1989 and 1990. The cellulose insulated
structure was 36% tighter than the fiberglass insulated structure.
Comfort and Energy Savings
A tighter building envelope with better air infiltration properties achieved a 26% greater
overall energy efficiency compared to fiberglass according to the same 1989-1990 study by
the University of Colorado. This reduces maintenance costs on the heating/cooling system
by less frequent operation and creates more consistent room-to-room temperatures. Heating
and cooling systems can be downsized through the use of AFT Insulation. The higher density
of AFT Insulation results in excellent sound-deadening properties to reduce outside and
AFT Insulation uses 100% recycled wastepaper fibers. This reduces landfill space requirements,
conserves trees, saves energy, and uses considerably less energy to produce compared to
equivalent fiberglass insulation. No asbestos, formaldehyde, or fiberglass is contained in
Superior Fiber Performance
AFT Insulated is rated as a Class 1 building material when tested in accordance with ASTM E84.
The fire retardants inhibit the spread
of fire while fiberglass melts under the same conditions and creates open spaces for flame
and smoke to travel. In 1995 the National Research Council of Canada's testing of cellulose
insulated floor/ceiling structure had 50% higher fire resistance compared to similar
AFT Insulation is an excellent choice for adding insulation to uninsulated walls by drilling
holes into the wall cavity and blowing the fibers inside. Researchers at Oak Ridge National
Laboratories found that capping loose-fill fiberglass with cellulose insulation not only adds
R-value but restores the significant loss of fiberglass R-value performance under cold attic
conditions due to air convection.
Problem: Air and Sound Infiltration
Solution: Cellulose Insulation "Dry" Spray
Air infiltration is an enemy of heating and cooling fuel bills as
it causes drafts, energy loss, and convectional airflow. "Dry" sprayed
cellulose insulation uses the latest application techniques along
with natural AFT fibers to effectively seal the wall cavity. "Dry"
spray cellulose insulation totally fills the wall cavity regardless
of the wall stud spacing. Off-center wall stud spacing of only 1/4
inch results in an uninsulated wall area of 24 square inches based
upon conventional width fiberglass batts. In addition this eliminates
the potential gaps from hand cutting fiberglass to fit non-standard
wall cavities spaces.
Gaps can also exist around electrical boxes, wiring, plumbing, air ducts,
etc. that are located in the wall. The seamless cellulose blanket reduces
air infiltration resulting in increased comfort and reduced energy costs
throughout the full year.
After dry spraying the cellulose insulation into the wall cavity, the
excess fibers are scrubbed with a specially designed tool that creates
a smooth surface for the drywall.
"In 1990, The University of Colorado-Denver compared sprayed cellulose
and fiberglass batt insulation in identical structures during the winter
heating season and found that cellulose insulation was 38% tighter and
required 26% less energy." Read more on the
study comparing sprayed cellulose
and fiberglass batt insulation.
Your insulation decision is a major factor in the monthly energy costs.
Making the right decision can be one of your best investments in your
home as you pocket the monthly savings.
Cellulose....it's naturally better insulation
Still not convinced of the Superiority of Cellulose Insulation?
Then please read the following pages.
R-TEK Insulation is your insulation contractor of choice.
If you have any questions regarding commercial or home insulation please do not hesitate
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