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Insulation and Allergies: What’s the Relationship?

The quality of the air you breathe can be the key to the quality of life you are able to lead. The injection foam and spray foam used by RetroFoam of the Carolinas is an excellent option for those looking for environmentally safe insulation that will also decrease the number of allergens in the home.
Insulation can contribute to Allergies

As someone who has struggled with breathing problems for much of her adult life, I know how important it is to be able to control the environment around you. The quality of the air you breathe can be the key to the quality of life you are able to lead. When it comes to helping you maintain healthy air inside of your home, RetroFoam can help on many fronts.

Allergies, Mold, and Mildew! Oh My! 

Recently I was watching one of my favorite TV shows. There was a scene where a guy was in the crawlspace of his home with his father-in-law. He picked up something and was excited that he’d found a seashell. His father-in-law looked at him and let him know that what he was holding wasn’t, in fact, a seashell but a mouse skull.

The truth is that there are all sorts of fun things lurking under and around your home. If your home doesn’t have an air-seal, it won’t keep out all of the allergens and irritants associated with those fun things. An air-sealed home envelope and an excellent ventilation system are two essential ingredients to an allergen-free home.

One of the other things that RetroFoam can help with is preventing the growth of mold and mildew in your insulation. The development of mold and mildew can be caused by moisture in the air. When a home doesn’t have an air-seal, air can move freely through walls. When warm air begins mixing with cooler air, it loses its ability to hold as much moisture. The moisture that it dumps has to go somewhere, and quite often, it is getting dumped in your insulation. The air-seal created by RetroFoam stops the movement of air. It also acts as a vapor retarder. The lack of moisture in your walls and insulation means a lack of mildew and mold growth in your walls and insulation. It also means better quality air in your home. 

Can the type of insulation that I have cause allergies?

It is common knowledge that there are things floating around in the air that cause allergies. Especially around this time of year as flowers and trees are waking up and starting to bloom. But would you think to guess that the type of insulation in your home could be causing you grief? Let’s take a brief look at how some of the most common insulations could be harmful to your everyday health.

  • Fiberglass insulation is one of the most commonly used insulations. It is literally made up of tiny strands of glass. If this insulation is disturbed, like up in your attic, pieces of it can break free. Fiberglass particles can be embedded in the skin and cause irritation and itching. They can also get into the eyes or be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Cellulose insulation is another common type of insulation. It can trap all kinds of irritants. From dust to pet dander, cellulose is a great place for these things to collect. You don’t have an air-seal if you have cellulose in your home. The air moves freely from the outside to the inside and vice versa. All of the fun things collected in the cellulose will eventually make it into your living space.
  • Foam board is a third type of insulation. According to the website Dr. Energy Saver, foam board has “flame retardant bromines” that “are released into the air we breathe. These chemicals can have a detrimental impact on internal organs such as the liver and kidneys, while also irritating respiratory issues.”

Is RetroFoam a safe option?

The injection foam and spray foam used by RetroFoam of the Carolinas is an excellent option for those looking for environmentally safe insulation that will also decrease the number of allergens in the home. Our foam is certified Gold Green. It also has low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). A simple definition is that VOCs are tiny particles that would get into the air when the foam is sprayed. Our foam is also non-toxic and has no off-gassing, “the airborne release of a chemical, a chemical in vapor form.”

So the short answer is yes. RetroFoam is a very safe option for your home and offers many benefits for you, your family, and your home.

Interested in how RetroFoam can benefit you? Contact us today. We are ready and waiting to answer your questions!

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