Cellulose Insulation
Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association of Canada Logo
Manufacturers Association of Canada
Member Login Contact Us
What R-Value
R-Value =
temp diff X area X time

heat loss
Really Means
CIMAC CIMAC Video ChannelChannel
CIMAC Video - Greenest of the Green The Greenest of the Green
CIMAC Video - Cellulose Insulation Soundproofing Demonstration Soundproofing Demonstration
CIMAC Video - Cellulose Insulation Installation Demonstration Installation Demonstration
CIMAC Video - Cellulose Insulation in the Home Cellulose Insulation in the Home

Calculate Your

Insulation Savings

Homeowner DIY Cellulose Insulation Installation

Cellulose insulation is installed by one of two techniques. Dry blown (loose-fill or dense pack) and spray applied (moisture-added.) Dry blown is an option for homeowners interested in a do-it-yourself (DIY) cellulose insulation installation. The moisture-added technique requires special equipment and can only be done by trained installers.

Cellulose Insulation is best used for DIY dry blow-in attic installations

Dry blown cellulose insulation can be installed using a blowing machine that is available for rent at most home improvement stores, specialty lumberyards and many tool rental centers. This blower can often be rented at no charge when purchasing the cellulose insulation from the same store, so be sure to check.

It is important to properly prepare the area for insulating prior to beginning installation. This critical step can typically be done as a homeowner DIY project. Learn more on how to prepare an attic for installing cellulose insulation.

Once the area is properly prepared a team of at least two people are required to install cellulose insulation. The equipment includes a blowing machine and a hose. One person feeds dry cellulose insulation fiber into the blowing machine. The other person operates a hose that is extended to the location where the insulation will be deposited. This person blows-in the cellulose to fully cover the area to the recommended depth found on the cellulose insulation packaging.

Follow the directions on the equipment to adjust the ratio of air to fiber to get the right mix and to ensure complete insulation coverage.

Keep in mind the performance and potential energy savings are dependent on properly installing the insulation. Homeowners thinking of using cellulose insulation as a DIY project, but who are not fully confident in the technique of installing cellulose insulation, should consider hiring a professional insulation contractor experienced with installation of cellulose. CIMAC Producer Members can provide recommendations for qualified contractors and installers.

Home Industry Professionals
Insulation Contractors
Insulation Performance & Value
Performance Features Table
Insulation Myths
Insulation Costs
Sound Control
Fire Control
Air/Vapor Barrier
Low Carbon Footprint Homes
Insulation Tech Data/Research
Insulation Basics
Why Insulate
Where to put Insulation
Types of Insulation
What R-value Means
Incentives & Tax Credits
Insulation Performance & Value
Performance Features Table
Insulation Myths
Insulation Savings Calculator
Air/Vapor Barrier
Sound Control
Fire Control
Installing Insulation
DIY Installation
Dry Blow-in Insulation
Sprayed Insulation
Retorfit Installations
Hiring Insulation Contractors
Selecting A Contractor
Find Insulation & Contractors
Insulation Tech Data/Research
Eco-Friendly Cellulose Insulation
Cellulose Insulation Environmental Facts
Environmental Facts Table
Recycle Paper Into Insulation
Low Embodied Energy
Regionally Produced Products
No Product Waste
Low Carbon Footprint Homes
Greenest of the Green
Greenest of Green Campaign
Cellulose Insulation Green Facts
CIMA Greenest Insulation Blog
Producer Members
Associate Members
Find Insulation & Contractors
Contact Us
News Releases
38-10, Place du Commerce, #255, Îles des Soeurs, Montreal, QC H3E 1T8 • Toll Free: 01-800-515-1024 • Fax: 937-222-5794
© 2014-16 Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association of Canada • cimac@cellulose.orgPrivacy Policy