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"The Toxin Trap: Why Attic Buddies Chooses High-Quality Fiberglass Insulation Over Cellulose"

Insulating your home can be one of the best ways to save energy and money on heating and cooling costs. However, with so many insulation options available, it can be difficult to determine which type of insulation is best for your home. In this blog, we will compare cellulose insulation and fiberglass insulation, and explain why Attic Buddies uses only high-quality fiberglass insulation.

Cellulose Insulation vs. Fiberglass Insulation

Cellulose insulation is made from recycled paper products, such as newspaper, and treated with chemicals to make it resistant to fire, pests, and mold. This insulation is blown into walls, attics, and other areas using specialized equipment. One of the advantages of cellulose insulation is its ability to provide better soundproofing than fiberglass insulation. It can also be a more eco-friendly option because it is made from recycled materials.

On the other hand, fiberglass insulation is made from fine glass fibers and is available in rolls or batts. Fiberglass insulation can be more cost-effective than cellulose insulation, and it is typically easier to install. Additionally, fiberglass insulation is non-combustible, so it does not require chemical treatments to make it fire-resistant.

Toxins in Cellulose Insulation

One of the main drawbacks of cellulose insulation is the presence of potentially harmful toxins. The chemicals used to treat the recycled paper products can include borates, ammonium sulfate, and aluminum sulfate. While these chemicals are designed to make the insulation resistant to fire, pests, and mold, they can also pose health risks to people who are exposed to them.

Borates, for example, are known to be toxic to insects and fungi, but they can also cause respiratory problems and skin irritation in humans. Ammonium sulfate and aluminum sulfate are also known to be irritants, and they can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, as well as headaches, nausea, and vomiting.

Why Attic Buddies Uses High-Quality Fiberglass Insulation

At Attic Buddies, we believe that the health and safety of our customers is our top priority. That's why we only use high-quality fiberglass insulation in our projects. Our insulation is made from fine glass fibers, which are non-toxic and safe for humans and pets. We also choose fiberglass insulation because it is a more cost-effective option for our customers, and it is easier to install.


In conclusion, both cellulose insulation and fiberglass insulation have their advantages and disadvantages. While cellulose insulation can provide better soundproofing and be more eco-friendly, it also contains potentially harmful toxins. On the other hand, fiberglass insulation is non-toxic, cost-effective, and easy to install. At Attic Buddies, we choose to use high-quality fiberglass insulation because we believe it is the safest and most effective option for our customers.

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