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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 50% to 70% of the energy used in homes is for heating or cooling activities. By properly insulating your home you can create a more comfortable, consistent indoor climate while significantly improving your home's energy efficiency.

If you are in the process of building a new home or buying a new construction home, blown in insulation is a cost effective, environmentally conscious choice to make. Additionally, if you live in an older home, it is worth your time to figure out if the home is properly insulated. The most effective places to add insulation to older homes are attics, basements and crawl spaces. MBM specializes in blown in insulation which works best in attics, but may also be blown into walls and sub flooring. There are three main types of blown insulation which is cellulose, fiberglass, and rock wool.

A fourth option is a combination of fiberglass and rock wool called mineral fiber. Cellulose is made up of shredded newspapers treated with fire retardant. Even though it's "paper" and sounds ineffective, it's actually a well-established insulating material.

. Not only that, cellulose settles better into wall cavities. Another upside is its Green attributes since it is commonly made up of recycled telephone books, tax forms and newspapers.

Fiberglass, rock wook and mineral fiber are also made up recycled materials; however, it is more expensive than cellulose because it is lighter and stands up better to moisture.

When installed properly, loose-fill insulation improves the energy efficiency of a home, lowers utility bills, and decreases fossil fuel burning and carbon dioxide emissions.

To ensure that homeowners reap these benefits, MBM follows manufacturers' installation guidelines; determines if your house is properly ventilated (adequate ventilation is necessary to prevent too much heat and condensation from building up as well as to provide fresh air); checks for the correct R-value (rate of heat transfer; less is best) of the insulation for the job; and makes sure the insulation is installed in the appropriate places at the right density (to avoid gaps and fluffing and ensure effectiveness).

MBM also checks your ventilation system is properly installed so no insulation can get into the system to cause problems.

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