10 Materials Keeping Your House Warm


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Mineral Wool
No matter what kind of insulation you choose for your home, the bottom line is that it's got to keep you cozy.
No matter what kind of insulation you choose for your home, the bottom line is that it's got to keep you cozy.
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On average, mineral wool is made of 75 percent post-industrial recycled content. It comes in both blanket and loose-fill forms. Additional chemicals to make it fire-resistant aren't required, much like cotton insulation. Most often, mineral wool is a classification for two kinds of insulation: Rock wool is a man-made material that includes natural minerals, and slag wool is a man-made material that comes from scum called blast furnace slag that collects on molten metal.

There are hundreds of mineral wool companies in the United States; however, the U.S. Department of Energy notes that there is a Canadian company that produces a superior product.

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