Why Choose Cellulose?
Cellulose insulation is blown or sprayed into place, preventing gaps and stopping air leaks better because of the way it's applied. Cellulose is denser than most other insulation.
A Blanket of Protection
Cellulose insulation forms a monolithic blanket of protection-blocking air infiltration and convection currents that are both primary causes of energy loss.
A Tale of Two Seasons
The R-value of cellulose insulation, or its ability to stop heat transfer, remains consistent through a greater temperature and application range. This keeps the heat in during the winter, and out during the summer. While loose-fill fiberglass can lose as much as half its R-value at 20°F below zero, cellulose insulation actually performs at a higher R-value at 20°F below than it does at a pleasant 70°F. Those were the findings of tests conducted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. And what it means is that cellulose insulation works hardest when it's needed the most.
Safe and Sound
Cellulose is resistant to fire. It is not required to be separated from interior space because it will not ignite readily when exposed to fire. Actually, cellulose insulation is officially classified by building codes as fire blocking material, which slows the spread of fire through closed cavities in building assemblies.
See the short video below to see the cellulose’s ability to slow the spread of fire in a structure.
Cellulose insulation can increase a wall's fire resistance by 22-55%, is non-toxic and guaranteed for the life of your house. Cellulose insulation has a Noise Reduction Coefficient of 0.90 (90% of sound energy absorbed). It's so effective at limiting outside noise, it's approved by the Federal Aviation Administration as an enhanced sound control material for homes located in the flight paths of our nation's airports!
Insulate Your House and Preserve Your Planet
Cellulose insulation resists moisture, mildew and pests, plus preserves our natural resources.
Cellulose insulation is a non-toxic natural product made from at least 80% recovered, post-consumer paper fiber, reducing landfill waste.
Additional Energy Efficiency Factors
Cellulose not only insulates better than mineral fiber materials, it has two other important energy advantages.
The first is less "embodied energy." Mineral fiber insulation is produced in furnaces that burn natural gas and release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. These furnaces burn day and night, month after month, regardless of how much insulation is needed.
Cellulose is produced in electrically-driven mills. They consume relatively little energy when they are operating, and no energy once the production day ends. On a strictly theoretical basis it can be calculated that "R" for "R" mineral fiber insulation takes 15 to 20 times more energy to make than cellulose insulation. Data reported to the Canadian Standards Association suggest mineral fiber production actually requires 59 times more energy than cellulose production, on a pound for pound basis.
Adjusting for weight differences, mineral fiber materials take at least 25 to 30 times more energy to make than cellulose of equivalent R-value. Adding to the "embodied energy" advantage of cellulose is the fact that most cellulose insulation is made with a high percentage of locally-generated raw materials.
Other than the fire retardants, which are about 20 percent of cellulose insulation by weight, it is not necessary to transport feedstocks long distances to cellulose insulation plants. In addition, recycling newsprint locally as cellulose insulation makes it unnecessary to expend energy transporting it to distant landfills or deinking plants.
Free Thermal Scan
Our trained professionals will perform a visual inspection and thermal scan, and provide insight, options and pricing on money-saving improvements. You will be provided costs per option. We will also help navigate subsidy and incentive programs available through the State and Federal governments, as well as those offered by utility companies.
Why Use Efficient
- Locally owned – we are proud to be locally owned and operated. This gives us complete control of our quality, our pricing, and our schedule.
- Knowledgeable staff – Over 85 years combined construction experience.
- Best pricing in the Pittsburgh market – Our material buying power and low overhead means we can pass the savings onto our customers. We have worked for the big box stores and know that we are typically ½ the cost of their insulation services.
- Best equipment - Our quality blowing equipment, including the CM3500, saves us costly time on the job and ensures a quality job every time.
- Free estimates - all home inspections and written, detailed estimates are free of cost.
- We will never require a down payment for our work. We ask for full payment upon completion and acceptance of our work.
- We strive to schedule an installation that works for the homeowner, even if that means night or weekend work.
- On the day of installation, we will protect the finishes and furniture of your home in our path of work.
- When we quote an R-value, we will provide at least the specified thickness or greater. Beware of insulators that provide less insulation than agreed.
- See what others have to say at Angie’s List.