Cool or Cosy Removal



Cool or Cosy dominated in the 70s, 80s and 90s and today, it’s dominating the our insulation removal work. The cellulose fibre is made from plant based material, typically being recycled paper. The old newspaper is shredded, emulsified and chemicals are added for the installation process and to make it flame retardant. These chemicals, boric acid and borax add to the lead that was commonly found it old newspapers to create a health hazard for your home

The borax and boric acid found in Cool or Cosy are commonly found household materials, but are not good for your health. Found in cleaning products, when they are loose and airborne as in the blown in Cool or Cosy they create respiratory issues for young children and the elderly. The boric acid and borax was designed to make the product fire resistant, and prevent water absorption.

When originally installed, the Cool or Cosy looked exactly that; cosy. It was fluffy, pumped up nice and high and looked like you just wanted to use it as a bed. What happens over time however, is the air that was sitting between the fibres separates and compresses. This leaves the old insulation flattened to under half of it’s original thickness. When those air pockets reduce and disappear, the old Cool or Cosy loses it’s R value and effectiveness.

How it impacts your home

As the Cool or Cosy remains in your roof space, the insulation get’s blown around and over time, the chemicals in the newspaper start to seperate. Our cool or cosy removal team vacuum this out of roofs every day, and we see that the when you lift the lose fill insulation, you are left with the dust. This dust is the chemical that has leached out of the insulation and become airborne. As it is such a fine dust, it penetrates your home through air conditioning ducts, vents, exposed brickwork, cornices; everywhere in your home. This is one of the most common improvements we see after Cool or Cosy removal; the dust in the house reduces.

If you’ve got this in your roof, it’s worth giving us a call to have a chat – our Cool or Cosy removal team would love to help.