Debug Green also recommends TAP Insulation for a more efficient, and pest free home. Debug is currently the only authorized applicator of TAP Insulation in Rhode Island.
TAP is the result of a revolutionary merger of two well-respected technologies - natural cellulose insulation and natural borate pesticides - creating Thermal, Acoustical & Pest Control Insulation, the only stabilized pest control insulation. As part of a total pest management package, TAP can be used to cap existing insulations in attics, or can be installed in attics, walls, and crawlspaces of new construction. TAP pays for itself quickly in reduced energy costs (up to 38%) and then continues to save you money for the life of the structure.
TAP is a patented natural fiber insulation treated with boric acid to produce fire-retardant, environmentally-friendly, thermally superior, sound-deadening, pest control insulation. TAP is the only stabilized insulation which can make pest-control claims. TAP is registered with the U.S. EPA as a labeled pesticide.
What does TAP stand for?
Thermal insulation is a material having air-filled cells or voids, or heat reflective surfaces, which retard the transfer of heat to cold.
Acoustical insulation retards the transmission of sound.
Pest Control insulation, while performing the primary functions of thermal and acoustical, is labeled to control listed pests. By Federal law, such insulation (and the manufacturing plant) must be registered with the US EPA, and carry an EPA-approved label. Additionally, the product must be registered with the pest control authorities in each state in which it is sold or manufactured.
What are the energy and money saving benefits?
TAP saves money by decreasing energy bills. It keeps the building cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter: Comfortable year-round. Warm air moves readily through porous insulations, such as rock and glass fibers. But TAP's increased density retards this convective heat transfer, as well as conduction and radiation. Since there aren't the leaks and drafts associated with the ordinary insulation, heating and cooling systems don't cycle as often and can be smaller, further saving money. The home maintains more uniform temperature - temperatures between floors and ceilings, upstairs/downstairs, even next to windows and doors. Comfort. Conservation. Comfortable Conservation!
What are the sound absorbing benefits?
TAP reduces outside noise such as lawn mowers and traffic and helps create a peaceful home. Insulated interior walls reduce annoying noises (such as toilets flushing and appliances running) inside a house.
What are the pest control benefits?
TAP helps control pests in your home. With ordinary insulation, annoying pests can breed and form colonies in the attic and behind walls, coming out at night, seeking food and water. More than just annoying, they can severely damage the house. TAP is an EPA-labeled pest control insulation, treated with pure Boric Acid. Although deadly to many insects, TAP is acceptable for use around humans and pets. TAP eliminates self-grooming insects when they come in frequent contact with it. Insects cannot build up a tolerance to TAP, and it never needs re-treating. TAP helps control ants, cockroaches, silverfish, termites, and other pests listed on the EPA label.
What is the insulation made of?
All-Natural, Permanent, and Environmentally Friendly, too. TAP is Green! Well, not in color, but TAP is permanent, made from all-natural Boric Acid and recycled newsprint, thus while you're saving energy, you're also conserving landfill space.
Is cellulose a fire hazard?
TAP contains a fire-retardant chemical that actually makes homes safer in case of fire. Ordinary fiberglass insulation can melt, creating a chimney-like effect in a wall. TAP, with its fire-retardant characteristics, forms a charred surface barrier which limits the spread of fire.
Does TAP fit into the walls like fiberglass?
No, it's even better! Because of the installation process, TAP forms a perfect fit in your wall or attic when applied, seeking nooks and crannies, filling the entire cavity. Unlike fiberglass insulation, it is never cut on the jobsite, or stuffed into the cavity to fit behind pipes and conduits, reducing the R-Value. With TAP the R-Value stays in the insulation! And that means the added value stays in the home and becomes a permanent money saver for you.