Dry cellulose is used in retrofitting old homes by blowing the cellulose into holes drilled into the tops of the walls. It can also be blown into a new wall construction by using temporary retainers or netting that is clamped in place then removed once the cellulose has reached the appropriate density. This form of application does settle as much as 20% but the stated R-value of the cellulose is accurate after settling occurs. In addition, a dense-pack option can be used to reduce settling and further minimize air gaps. Dense-pack places pressure on the cavity, and should be done by an experienced installer.
Cellulose Insulation In Attics
The basic steps for typical cellulose attic installations include:
- Installing of appropriate ventilation
- Sealing air pathways into the attic
- Creating a raised surround at the attic entrance
- Blowing in cellulose insulation
- Insulating and sealing the hatch closed