Today, as in the past, energy conservation is a vital concern of homeowners and the nation Since the “Energy Crisis” of the mid 1970s sent heating and cooling bills almost into orbit, homeowners have appreciated the value of a well-insulated home. Although energy costs have moderated, there are still many compelling reasons for energy-efficient homes. In fact, effective energy conservation is one of the factors that has helped hold down energy prices.
Unique Applegate Insulation® has high-density, interlaced natural fibers which result in an effective R-value. Independent comparison studies by various institutions are upholding the long-held belief that cellulose significantly outperforms other insulation.
Engineers found that Applegate Cellulose Insulation® reduced air infiltration by 38% versus fiberglass, while the cellulose structure needed 26% less energy to heat. After a nine hour, overnight heat loss test, the cellulose structure was seven degrees warmer than its fiberglass counterpart. The difference can be attributed to both the manner of installation and the real world R-value performances of the two materials.
Applegate Insulation® is sprayed or blown into the attic, where it creates a tight, monolithic thermal barrier. Fiberglass batts, on the other hand, must be cut and pieced together, leaving gaps, voids and areas of compression.