T.A.P Pest Control Insulation
What is TAP? How does it work?
T.A.P stands for Thermal Acoustic Pest control. T•A•P is a “loose-fill” cellulose insulation that is made with recycled paper from landfills. Unlike traditional insulation that is unrolled and then placed into the attic, TAP is blown into any void spaces by use of machine. Any previously laid insulation becomes encapsulated by the loose filled TAP insulation, filling any unnecessary gaps and crevices. The process by which TAP is made is quite interesting. Being that TAP is an environmentally safe product, and is also recognized by Energy Star ® as being an energy efficient insulation, special steps are taken during its creation.
First, the recycled landfill paper is fed through a “disc-mill,” which transforms the paper into a soft, fluffy substance that can be compared to that of cotton balls. Next, during production, the cotton-like substance is treated with Borates, which naturally eradicate certain insects. The finished product operates as an exceptional sound barrier, provides an iron clad thermal barricade and renders excellent protection against pests. No other insulation can even come close.
What are the benefits of TAP insulation?
There are four main benefits of using T.A.P insulation:
How does TAP insulation differ from my current insulation?
Two main reasons, energy efficiency and pest control. Most traditional insulation is a rolled insulation that is made of fiberglass. Not only is fiberglass more flammable than TAP insulation, but also, simply put, it doesn’t insulate as well. Insulation is measured by something called an “R-VALUE,” or its resistance to heat transfer. The Florida Department of Energy requires that the R-Value for insulation in Florida homes be within 38–60 on the scale, with 38 being at code. However, most homes that have traditional rolled insulation do not meet that number. This is because traditional insulation settles over time. Most traditional insulation comes in at around R19 on the R-Value scale, which is half the required level.
What this means for homeowners is that a lot of heat and air is being wasted due to faulty insulation. Heat and air are able to diffuse right through traditional insulation and into the attic causing A/C units to work harder and pump out more air. This also means that every month homeowners are spending a lot more than they should be on their electric bills. Because T.A.P insulation, whether installed new or over old insulation, is a blown in, loose-fill insulation, it is able to fit into every nook and cranny, eliminating those areas through which heat and air are able to escape. As a result homes are kept cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This also means that attics are kept cooler in warmer temperatures. Another plus to installing a loose-fill insulation are the acoustical benefits. Because TAP fills in all of those gaps in walls and attics, sound traveling is decreased and better sound quality is presented.
FACT: Up to 90% of homes in America are under insulated.
Pest Control: TAP insulation has been awarded an EPA label, which means it has been scientifically proven to control insects. This is done by the highly concentrated use of borates within the insulation. During production, borates are infused with the recycled paper and transformed into TAP insulation. When insects crawl through or try to nest in the insulation, the borates are then brushed onto their exoskeletons. During the insect’s natural grooming process, they will digest the borates and eventually die. This is because borates cannot be secreted by insects and will collect in their guts until they become dehydrated or malnutritioned.
Borates are organic mineral salts that are mined from the Earth and used in many consumer products. It is also not harmful to humans or pets. Insects such as ants, termites, earwigs, silverfish, crickets, beetles and cockroaches cannot tolerate boric acid.
Heron’s Steps of Installation:
It is never recommended that homeowners try to perform this procedure themselves. Doing so can be harmful to your health.
What will happen to your old insulation?
Any old insulation that may have been contaminated by wildlife will need to be removed and properly disposed of. We never want to leave behind any insulation that has been tainted with animal feces, urine, diseases and / or odors. Doing so can be very harmful to your family’s health. Feces left behind by wildlife can contain a disease called roundworm which can be deadly if inhaled by humans or other animals. Our technicians will complete a thorough inspection of your attic and determine what insulation needs to be removed. After the inspection and removal of any contaminated insulation, they will then disinfect any areas of harborage to ensure that any harmful agents are eradicated. The final step will be to install the new T.A.P insulation.
How long does it take to install TAP insulation?
Normally about a half day, but it depends on the size of the areas needing to be insulated.
Is T.A.P fire retardant?
T.A.P is a cellulose insulation and also contains a fire retardant substance that will prevent the spread of fire. If T.A.P insulation were to come into contact with fire, it would form a charred outer surface that, instead of holding a flame, would slow down its spreading. Traditional fiberglass insulation would melt, which would create more smoke and also assist in the spreading of flames.