Air Quality Facts
- We spend 90% of our time indoors.
- 40% of kids will develop respiratory illness.
- Medical costs for serious illnesses caused by poor indoor air quality total more than $1 billion per year.
- Lost productivity from those illnesses costs between $4.7 billion and $5.4 billion.
Indoor air quality (IAQ) affects every one of us, especially those with respiratory health issues like asthma and allergies. Look out for the interests of your clients and everyone who occupies their buildings by improving indoor air quality* with Icynene spray foam insulation.
How Icynene Can Help
Acclaimed remodeler and green building scientist Carl Seville offers the following keys to improved indoor air quality:
- Keep out what pollutants you can, including dust and dirt, mould and moisture, radon as well as carbon monoxide
- Separate breathing air from pollutants you can’t eliminate by air-sealing walls and ceilings between occupied spaces and garages, combustion furnaces and water heaters, combustion closets and chemical storage areas.
- Use building materials that contribute to moisture management (like Icynene spray foam insulation) to prevent the growth of mould, which releases spores and mycotoxins into the air.
Unlike other insulation types, Icynene spray foam insulation can help you achieve all of these goals at once. That’s because it’s also an air barrier that thoroughly seals the environment. By eliminating air leakage, Icynene spray foam insulation automatically helps prevent the infiltration of pollutants, outdoor allergens and moisture carried in the air. Plus, unlike some other insulation types, Icynene is not a food source for insects or mould, which is a common cause of respiratory irritation.
Remember to use Icynene spray foam insulation not only on the exterior walls of a home, but also on interior walls, especially the types of places mentioned above. For example, by using Icynene as garage insulation, you can help protect your clients from hazardous pollutants that originate from the garage.
* Icynene creates an air barrier to reduce outdoor pollutants and allergens from getting inside. Used in conjunction with proper mechanical ventilation Icynene can make indoor air healthier than what you breathe outside.