Cellulose vs Fibreglass Insulation

Cellulose and fibreglass are two of the most common insulation products, and their popularity is due mostly to their being the most inexpensive and easy-to-install products available on the market. Tropical Insulation chooses to insulate with cellulose for a variety of reasons.

Cellulose is specifically engineered to provide superior thermal performance over a wide range of climatic conditions and offers a variety of significant benefits such as:

  • Improved safety during installation
  • Soundproofing acoustical properties
  • Cost efficiency
  • Non-toxic home environment
  • Made of recycled organic materials
  • Energy savings
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Increased fire resistance
  • Resistance to pests, mould and moisture

Environmentally Friendly

Cellulose insulation is a grey fibrous insulation material manufactured from of up to  87% recycled paper products and is one of the most environmentally friendly types of insulation available. Compared to fibreglass, cellulose is produced from mostly locally-sourced recycled paper (newsprint) diverted from landfill lowering waste and its carbon off-gassing, reducing our overall global carbon footprint.

Energy Savings

A huge benefit of using cellulose is the long-term energy savings you can enjoy. In most homes, you can save between 15-25% on your heating and cooling bills after insulating with cellulose because it effectively reduces conductive heat flow, the most significant form of heat loss in a home. Cellulose is a great choice for re-insulating and retrofitting homes, from attics to walls to basements. A properly insulated attic is considered the most cost-effective way to reduce energy consumption in residential properties


At Tropical Insulation we are greatly concerned with the safety of both our team members and our clients. That is why we choose to insulate with cellulose only. Cellulose is eco-friendly and made up of organic materials, which makes it a safer product for your home. In addition to the benefit of a comfortable and safe household, our insulators also benefit from not being exposed to harsh chemicals that can be included in other insulating materials. With no known off-gas effects and its particular ability to control air moisture (which prevents the formation of mould spores), cellulose insulation is often the insulation of choice for those who wish to safely “go green.”

Our Product

Tropical Insulation is proud to use Climatizer Plus™ cellulose insulation. Climatizer Plus™ is a loose-fill blown-in cellulose fibre insulation that is manufactured in Ontario, Canada by Climatizer Insulation. It has been certified by the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) ECOLOGO™ program and undergoes additional third-party laboratory testing as required by federal and provincial regulatory bodies.

Since 1983, cellulose has been our insulation of choice, allowing a safe working environment for our installers and the best choice within its application range for our customers.


Current Insulation Rebate Programs

In our last blog post, we discussed the decision made by Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government to end the Green Ontario Fund. While Tropical Insulation is still committed to completing all contracted work before the official cut-off date, October 31st, any work that was not contracted before June 19th, 2018 is unable to benefit from the rebate. Despite the cancellation of GreenON, we are pleased to inform our customers of the variety of rebate programs that are still available.

Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)

Through the Home Energy Loan Program, homeowners are able to benefit from low-interest loans of up to $75,000 to aid in the coverage of home improvement costs. The program includes basement, attic, and exterior wall insulation amongst a variety of other home improvement categories available to qualify for a loan. With interest rates as low as 2%, and terms of up to 15 years, HELP is extremely HELPful for homeowners who want to improve their homes over time and still have the ability to access other rebates offered by the Province of Ontario and utility companies. Following an easy application process, funding must be approved. After successfully completing these steps, the homeowner can hire a contractor of their choosing to complete their home renovations.

To learn about the application process, visit https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/environmental-grants-incentives-2/home-energy-loan-program-help/

Home Weatherization Program

The Home Weatherization Program offered from Enbridge is important to know about as the weather in Ontario starts to get colder. Applicants who qualify for this program can receive new insulation and draft proofing installed by experienced professionals for free! Yes, free. No catch. Living conditions that expose you and your family to drafts can be hard on physical health. Fewer drafts will mean a more comfortable household. Tropical Insulation is happy to partner with Enbridge to offer this beneficial program.

To find out if you apply, visit http://energy-savings-programs.ca/winterproofing-program/

Home Reno Rebate

In partnership with the Government of Ontario and Save on Energy, Union Gas offers the Home Reno Rebate. If you own a detached, semi-detached, townhouse, or mobile home that is heated by natural gas, oil, propane, electricity or wood within the Union Gas program area, you could be eligible for this great rebate program. Those who are eligible must complete at least two renovations from the offered options which include the heating system, insulation, water heater, windows/doors, appliances, and more! You could receive up to $1,750 rebate per insulation by applying for this rebate program. Tropical Insulation would be happy to honour your rebate if you select us as your insulation installers!

To find out more, visit https://www.uniongas.com/homereno

And Many More!

Here at Tropical Insulation, we are happy to honour a long list of standing rebates. For more information and a complete list of the rebates we currently honour, visit our Rebate information page.