Options for Eco-Friendly Home Insulation


One of the main factors people take into consideration when selecting insulation is its ability to reduce energy costs. Essentially, in the summer it prevents hot air from entering a home and in winter it locks the warmer air inside the home. There are a plethora of choices for Eco-friendly people wanting to apply insulation that benefits the environment. Numerous types of insulation exist to aid the environment: insulation containing a high percentage of recycled materials; insulation that does not incorporate harmful substances that cause health issues; and insulation that is made from natural, ‘green’ materials.

A type of Eco-friendly home insulation that’s fairly new on the market is sheep’s wool. The fibers within the sheep’s wool form millions of miniscule air pockets when compressed; these air pockets trap air, which can effectively insulate homes throughout the year. Wool’s permeability enables it to absorb moisture from the air without affecting its ability to retain heat. Sheep’s wool, when insulating a home, permits homeowners to lessen the amount of times they adjust their heating and cooling systems which invariably saves them money, and the environment.

Another type of renewable material that poses no threat to the environment is cotton. In and of itself, cotton is a natural resource, which makes it one of the best green insulating resources available. Unlike many well-known insulating materials, cotton does not contain the dangerous chemical formaldehyde, which is a known cause to many respiratory problems. Furthermore, cotton is great at absorbing moisture and acting as a natural insect repellent.

The spray-on foam insulation, Icynene, is by far the best home insulation one could buy. When sprayed onto a wall or ceiling, Icynene expands into a puffy sponge-like substance that forms a dense blanket of insulation. Icynene is fantastic at stopping drafts and muffling noise and it usually reduces a home’s energy bill by 30 to 50 percent.