Jan 12, 2015
While Hilton Head and other parts of the Lowcountry aren’t known for particularly cold weather, meteorologists are predicting a more frigid winter this year. Temperatures have already dipped below freezing in some areas, and homeowners are turning up the heat. It’s important to make sure your home is properly insulated to efficiently contain that heat and save on energy costs.
Traditionally, homes are insulated with synthetic materials like fiberglass, polystyrene, and rock wool. As homeowners are becoming more aware of the chemicals and irritants in these materials, they are turning toward natural, eco-friendly options for keeping their homes warm. Organic insulation has lower toxicity levels, making it healthier and safer to have in your home – and it’s better for the environment. Here are a few natural, organic home insulation options to keep your house warm all winter long.
Recycled textiles. Did you know home insulation can be made from recycled blue jeans? Cotton insulation batts—made from jeans and other old fabrics—perform just as well as fiberglass, but without the harmful effects of formaldehyde and other chemicals.
Wood fiber. Wood fiber and hemp fiber is highly permeable, allowing moisture to pass through. However, it can be highly flammable, which can obviously pose a great risk.
Expanded cork. Perhaps the most environmentally friendly option, cork performs well for heating and cooling your home, and contains no synthetics. While the most efficient, cork is also, unfortunately, the most expensive.
Sheep’s wool. An excellent insulation that actually doubles as an air filtration system, sheep’s wool naturally pulls chemicals from the air. Depending on your location, there are many options for finding sheep’s wool insulation. You can look for wool batts, created from wool waste leftover by the textile industry, or wool sheared directly from sheep.
Whatever organic home insulation option you choose, be sure to work with a qualified installer to assure your home is properly and safely insulated from the elements. Stay warm this winter!
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