Insulation is often overlooked in the summer when it is arguably just as valuable as in the winter. The figures are climate zone dependent but there is no doubt the cost of cooling approaches, if not exceeds, the cost of heating. Translation, insulation is of extreme value in the summer too.
We’ll start there in our conversation with a happy customer Russ K. whose mountain home is insulated with Havelock Wool.
Russ, you just had the hottest day yet in your new home. It was 90 degrees at 6,000 ft, how did your house perform?
Even yesterday on the hottest day yet this house stayed so cool and comfortable inside! We are pumped! Havelock FTW!
Thanks, Russ. We are so glad you’re happy. When you employ the inherent characteristics of the most dynamic fiber on the planet this is what happens! We know you’re a fan but can you walk us through your experience with wool in general and any others with Havelock?
I was first introduced to wool insulation when building out my camper van. The product is a pleasure to work with, gives me comfort knowing my family isn’t breathing in harmful chemicals and keeps my van at a comfortable temperature regardless of the season. When it came time to build my family’s new home, it was a no-brainer for me to continue using wool in lieu of toxic alternatives such as fiberglass.
What about installing the product? Did you do it yourself? Was it difficult….or maybe fun?
While I did install the wool myself on my van and a smaller home remodel, I worked with a local installer for the new home due to the scale of the project. It sounds funny to say, but it is fun to work with, especially the blow-in – as the stud cavities fill up one by one, you can notice the sound insulation working its magic.
What would you say are the best things about Havelock Wool Insulation?
While the top reason I chose Havelock was the non-toxicity element of wool, sound deadening and superior temperature control quickly became additional strengths in my eyes. To be honest, I had some concerns when building our home without air conditioning but between our concrete slab floor and Havelock wool in the walls/roof, I am thrilled to say the house is staying cool and comfortable on our hottest high-altitude sunny days.
To be fair, what are the worst attributes?
I’ll let you know if I find one…
Would you recommend this product to others?
I do so regularly…
What hurdles should first-time users look out for?
When installing batts in an overhead orientation, we found it helpful to use a pneumatic stapler versus a tack hammer.
Were you paid or bribed for these comments? Note a four-pack of hazies does not count as remuneration!
Haha, nope! Just a happy customer.
Thanks Russ for the helpful narrative on Havelock. We hope this helps those on the fence trying to appreciate the importance of insulation to make what we know to be an easy decision.
As soon as we have a time-commitment from the Marin blower-guy, we’ll happily re-insulate our attic.