Your home’s insulation is as important as any other element of your home. Without proper insulation, your home loses heat and air at rapid rates, causing your heating and cooling bills to raise higher. Insulation is also susceptible to rodents and infestation. Not to mention some insulations contain toxic materials or put off a lot of carbon in the manufacturing process. But don’t distress. Learn about the green new alternative to spray foam or that pink fluffy padding, hemp insulation.
Hip To Be Hemp
Hemp is a cousin of the notorious marijuana plant. While some communities tout the benefits of Mary Jane, Hemp has just as many pros as its relative. Hemp is a very sustainable plant that requires very little water once rooted – unlike its cotton counterpart. Not only does it require less water, but it also naturally detoxifies the soil as it grows making it the perfect plant for farmers to add to their rotation to improve the quality of their other crops. Recently legalized by the federal government, hemp is expected to help the farmer first and foremost. But consumers get to take advantage of this new cash crop, as well.
Hemp can actually be used as a substitute for most building materials including plasters, wood panels, even roofing tiles. But insulation made from hemp is superior to anything on the market right now.For starters, hemp insulations has an incredibly low U-value. The U-value measures the ability for heat to pass through a material. Hemp’s U-value clocks in at .040 which is on par with 8 inch Fiberglass insulation. The R-value (resistance to heat flow) for hemp is 3.5 per inch of thickness. Higher R-values mean better insulation.
Another great feature of hemp insulation is its resistance to moisture and its effects. You can’t stop moisture from getting in to your house, and eventually your insulation. And actually, it isn’t that hemp is resistant to moisture so much as it’s great at absorbing moisture. Because it absorbs moisture, it prevents mold and mildew from occurring inside your walls, which also helps maintain the integrity of wooden house frames.
It doesn’t stop there. Oh, no. One of the major challenges with insulation that we mentioned earlier was rodents. Rodents (rats and mice most commonly) and insects can crawl through even the tiniest of holes in your house and nest in your insulation. They don’t just nest in there, they feed off your insulation. Not hemp. It naturally repels rodents and insects, meaning you’ll not have to deal with a pest problem in the insulation.
Finally, the clean up of hemp is as simple as those old Reynold’s Foil commercials. You know the ones that use foil to line any pan or dish making “Clean up a breeze!” Well, when you’re done with hemp you merely need till the remaining hemp back into your soil. No toxic chemicals to dump, which also means to toxic chemicals in your home either.
If you’re looking for a new way to save money on energy costs and take your home to a new level of Green, hemp insulation is the perfect choice. You’ll lower your heating bills with an unbeatable, quality product. You’ll save the environment by using a resource that is easy to maintain and doesn’t create a lot of environmental chaos in its development.