Most homeowners are surprised to learn that their home may not have as much insulation as it should. If your home was built before 2007, there is a good chance your home is under insulated. It is even more surprising for homeowners to learn that their homes built in 2014 only included the minimum required level of insulation and not the recommended level of insulation.
Not only are most homes under insulated, most homeowners haven’t taken proper action in preparing their attics against unwanted pests. Your home is one of your most treasured investments. It is where you unwind, share feelings, create experiences and make memories. Your home provides shelter, protects you from the elements, offers warmth on a cold day or refuge from the heat all while offering comfort and privacy. Don’t you think it’s time to find out what’s lurking in your attic?
OPC Pest Services is here to teach you about the amazing product we offer called TAP® Pest Control Insulation. If you don’t know about TAP®, you should! We are very proud to offer TAP® to our customers and here are some reasons why!
What is TAP® Pest Control Insulation
TAP® Pest Control Insulation is an innovative solution for removing unwanted pests from the home while helping save money on energy costs all year long. TAP® stands for Thermal, Acoustical, Pest Control. These three primary benefits of TAP® Pest Control Insulation help deliver comfort, protect your family’s health and save money.
As an EPA-registered pesticide, TAP® first and foremost, controls common pests that invade the home through the attic such as ants, cockroaches, silverfish, termites, and more.
As a cellulose insulation, TAP® Pest Control Insulation is produced by grinding-up old newspapers into small enough pieces where the paper fibers begin connecting to create small air pockets within the insulation. These small air pockets and the unique characteristics of the cellulose paper fibers are the key to the superior performance of TAP® Pest Control Insulation. Both qualities help achieve a comfort level unsurpassed by other insulation products on the market. It’s installed by being blown into attics on top of existing insulation. It can also be installed in attics and walls of new homes with specialized machines. While reducing your energy bills by keeping your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer, TAP® Pest Control Insulation offers permanent pest protection that controls common household insects that nest in attics and walls.
Thermal Benefits of TAP®
Heat flows much easier through hard materials than through air. The small paper fibers of TAP® interconnect to create small pockets of air which work to slow the overall flow of heat through the insulation. The thing that makes TAP® Pest Control Insulation unique is the paper fibers are heavy enough to also slow the flow of air through the insulation. The amount by which any insulation product slows the flow of heat is measured in Resistance-value or R-value. The R-value of the insulation in your home is increased by adding more insulation.
TAP® is a superior insulation with a good R-value. Therefore, it prevents heat loss via conduction and convection and is densely packed preventing heat loss via air infiltration and radiation. TAP® Pest Control Insulation is more dense, TAP® does a better job at slowing the flow of air. This is especially important during the coldest times of the year when the flow of air from your home is the strongest and when you also need your insulation to work the best.
The Savings Add Up!
Adding TAP® Pest Control Insulation to the attic saves homeowners up to 30% on their annual energy bill. TAP® proudly bears the Energy Star seal of approval and has been classified by Underwriters Laboratories as a product that demonstrates safety, confirms compliance, enhances sustainability, manages transparency, delivers quality and performance, and advances societal well-being. It is just another reason that TAP® Pest Control Insulation has become the most trusted pest control insulation product for the pest management industry and savvy homeowners across the U.S.
Acoustical Benefits of Tap®
Just like it is easier for heat to flow through solid materials, it is also easier for sound to flow through solid materials. The small air pockets created by the interconnection of the paper fibers in TAP®, reduce the amount of sound transmitted from fiber to fiber. Therefore, noise is ultimately reduced through the section of the ceiling where TAP® Pest Control Insulation is installed. When installed at a level of R-60 across your entire attic, the transmission of typical outdoor noises is almost completely eliminated. Effectiveness in sound control is an important quality in insulation and TAP® performs well acoustically. Homeowners often wish to insulate interior walls to reduce unwanted noise, such as appliances, televisions, and restroom sounds.
Pest Control Benefits of Tap®
The key aspect of TAP® Pest Control Insulation that provides the pesticide benefit is the use of a very specialized form of borate material as an additive to the paper fibers. The borate material is applied to the paper fibers during our patented manufacturing process. The natural characteristics of the paper fibers makes it possible for the specialized borate particles to lightly stick to the fibers. The borates are then evenly distributed throughout the insulation making it impossible for insects to crawl through it without contacting the borate particles. Once an insect comes in contact with TAP® Pest Control Insulation, the borate particles become connected to the insect. Since most household insects are ‘self- grooming’, they will ultimately ingest the particles which begins the process of killing the insect. The borate particles work to kill the insect by disrupting the insect’s digestive process causing the insect to starve.
Boron is used in pest control products to control termites, fleas, flies, beetles, ants, cockroaches and silverfish. The active ingredient in TAP® Pest Control Insulation is a specially blended form of Boron which has low toxicity and is safe for humans and pets while controlling self-grooming insects such as ants, booklice, cockroaches, crickets, darkling beetles, earwigs, millipedes, silverfish, sow bugs, termites (including Formosan termites). Its properties and low toxicity are the main reason we chose to use this mineral to make our innovative and environmentally responsible insulation product for the pest control industry.
When added to existing insulation or installed on its own, Thermal Acoustical Pest Control (TAP®) Insulation controls bugs and helps to keep the air in the living areas of your home comfortable. It reduces the required energy needed to heat or cool your home and, in turn, reduces your heating and cooling costs. Uniquely offering two solutions in one product: an energy-efficient blown-in insulation coupled with the added value of pest control. TAP® Pest Control Insulation helps keep the bugs out and comfort in!
OPC Pest Services believes in providing the best insulation that will help our customers live in a more energy efficient home, save money, live pest free, and live in complete comfort. There are multiple benefits to adding TAP® Pest Control Insulation to your home or business. Don’t hesitate! Call us today to schedule your FREE TAP® Consultation!