Monday, June 5th, 2017 by Gwen Hurd
Old fashioned insulation is wild. If you’ve ever had the privilege to renovate an old house, or you’ve seen renovation projects on TV, you know what I’m talking about. My house was built sometime in the 1750s and I’ve found some really inventive insulation materials between the walls and under the floorboards. While the majority of my house was insulated with newspaper, I also found animal hair and corn cobs.
At Dr. Energy Saver Northshore, we do not recommend insulating your home with animal hair and corn cobs. I think we can all agree that this kind of “insulation” needs to be removed ASAP. But what about old fiberglass insulation? Why not keep it? It isn’t hurting anyone, so what does it matter?
Well, you might be fine keeping that fiberglass where it is. If your fiberglass insulation is in good condition, functioning properly, and tucked away in your walls, you might want to leave it there. And if it isn’t functioning properly, Dr. Energy Saver can add more insulation (and R value) to already insulated walls, without having to remove old insulation.
If your fiberglass insulation isn’t in good condition, it might be causing you problems. Here’s why your old insulation might need to be removed:
This is a photograph of some attic insulation we’d recommend removing:
You can see that it is in pretty rough shape, most likely animals have been in it, and it’s undoubtedly incredibly dusty. If your insulation looks like this, give us a call, we can remove and replace it!