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The advantages of bubble wrap insulation

Updated April 11, 2017

Bubble wrap insulation has grown in popularity over the last several years because it is a low-cost alternative to traditional insulation. Bubble wrap as an insulator comes in many forms, including basic bubble wrap used for packing, foil coated bubble wrap and foil, bubble wrap and plastic sheeting combined in each roll. The thicker the bubble wrap sheets, the better insulation the material will potentially provide. This type of insulation has several advantages.

Radiant Heat

One of the purposes of any insulation is to insulate the home from outside weather conditions, including high heat temperatures. Bubble wrap insulation with an aluminium coating has a 97 per cent capability of reflecting radiant heat, allowing for only a 3 per cent heat absorption rate. In locations where summer temperatures reach above 37.8 degrees C, this type of insulation provides for greater cooling capabilities of air conditioners and swamp coolers.

Pests

Bubble wrap insulation is used it provides a barrier against rodent and insect infestation. This is because most bubble wrap insulation has multiple layers of both foil and plastic that make it difficult for pests to nest in or travel through. Installing the insulation so that there are no gaps around the edges and maintaining it on a consistent basis ensures the long-term ability of the bubble wrap to act as a pest deterrent.

Installation

While many forms of insulation require special tools to install, bubble wrap insulation requires only simple household tools in the installation process. The bubble wrap itself can be cut with scissors or a utility knife and attaching it to most common surfaces can be done with a staple gun. Additionally, some homeowners that use bubble wrap packing without foil to insulate their windows. Simply mist the window surface with water and press the bubble wrap to the window glass, and the bubble wrap grasps the glass and there is no need for any further adhesive.

Application

Unlike some other types of insulation, bubble wrap can be used in many applications. Wrapped around pipes in winter, it can prevent freezing and pipe damage. Used as an insulating material for hot water heaters, bubble wrap can reduce the energy loss of the appliance, thereby reducing hot water heater costs in the home. Bubble wrap insulation is also commonly used in attics, crawl spaces, walls, on the underside of roofing and in greenhouses to maintain temperatures.

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About the Author

Patrice Lesco has been a writer since 2001. Also a certified teacher, she writes for newspapers, magazines, books, theater and film. Lesco holds a Master of Fine Arts in theater from Michigan State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in education and theater from Methodist College.