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4 green insulation materials that will keep you warm and safe

You can stay warm this winter in some ways. Installing green insulation in your home is one choice you have. Fiberglass is used in many homes, but it may cause respiratory problems. Here are the four best green insulation materials for your home.

Polyurethane Foam

img14It is a durable polymer having various uses. It is made of foam for providing home insulation. It provides enough heat resistance, and it’s R-value is 5 to 6 per inch. It is a good choice for attics and basement walls. Some polyurethane foams are made from vegetable oil instead of petroleum. The material’s rigidity can improve the overall structural integrity of the house. In new homes, structural insulated panels (SIPs) are the most recommended options. The polyurethane foam is inserted between two boards.

Icynene

img15This material expands to 10 times its initial volume. It also stops air in its tracks. It is used as water-based foam insulation for filling the cavities of a home. It looks similar to whipped cream when installed. It traps air, but can capture moisture too. So, builders have to install a ventilation and air exchange system. It’s R-value ranges up to 3.7 per inch. It can act as a noise buffer and will last a long time. It is a delicate material and must be handled by professionals only.

Cellulose

img16It is made of recycled newspaper. It is the ultimate green insulation for your home. Its R-value is 3.5 per inch and is similar to that of fiberglass. Cellulose has the same advantages of a fiberglass. But unlike fiberglass, it doesn’t contain formaldehyde and harmful fire retardants. It offers better resistance against air leaks. It is a much affordable green insulation options available now.

Sheep’s Wool

img17Sheep’s wool is a natural and renewable source of insulation. It captures air, and the wool retains its breathability. Its R-value is up to 4 and the insulation is fire-resistant. It retains heat and takes moisture as well. Unlike Icynene, no protective gear is needed to be installed. It is a good option for DIY projects. Wool expands over time and absorbs damaging chemicals that may lie in between the walls.

Well-placed insulation can prevent air from getting into the house through your windows. Good insulation keeps your home warm in winter and cool in summer. By using the green material, you will have an eco-friendly home. Having good insulation is essential for having an energy efficient house. Proper insulation can save a lot of money on your energy bills. The commercially available insulation materials may contain harmful chemicals which may have an adverse effect on our health. These green materials are harmless and will keep us healthy all the time.