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Keeping allergies under control with Icynene spray foam insulation

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Keeping allergies under control with Icynene spray foam insulation

There are certain times of the year where airborne allergens are more irritating than others. What many homeowners know though is that these types of irritants may reduce in number outdoors but they don't go away entirely. On top of that, there are instances where these allergens can pop up in a person's own home due to problems with insulation quality. The end result is that residents are inundated with particulates that could cause significant health problems at any time.

Allergic reactions
Allergens can appear in homes even when the weather gets cold. Though many homeowners consider pollen and ragweed to be significant contributors to sneezing, sniffling and health problems, there are many more factors that cause negative side effects in residents. There are a significant number of other elements that can impact the wellbeing of people in the home.

For instance, human beings shed skin cells that turn into dust while pets shed fur. On top of that, the biggest problem with indoor quarters is that they can be negatively impacted by the kinds of insulation used in a house if these materials aren't able to stand up to winter weather. During the ongoing freezing and thawing process, snow and ice could carry weighty repercussions on a dwelling, especially when a seal is not present throughout a house.

In those instances, water is able to seep into the cracks and crevices throughout a home. This causes moisture to soak in and lets moisture flow between different surfaces in the building. Older insulation materials like fiberglass, cotton, vermiculite and traditional insulation materials then act as sponges and absorb the liquid as it accumulates.

Environmental issues
In the long run, such buildup causes deterioration of insulation and reduced efficiency of heating and cooling. Compromised sections allow pockets to form in the walls and channels for hot air to escape in the winter. It also lets cold air seep in, potentially damaging pipes and interior surfaces. Worst of all, as this damp insulation is exposed to warmth, it can generate mold and mildew which escape into the air throughout the house.

By upgrading to Icynene spray foam insulation, homeowners can eliminate the risk of compromised and slouching insulation conditions. Spray foam insulation repels water, creating a seal throughout a house that keeps water out and stops mold from growing. Icynene also acts as a filter, blocking outside allergens from passing into a home through regular osmosis or channeled air. In connection with hypoallergenic air filters in HVAC systems and air purifiers, this makes Icynene-supported houses cleaner and healthier than homes with traditional insulation.

Living Green Magazine recommended upgrading insulation for yet another reason: Safer overall quality. This insulation goes on as a liquid and fills every crack and crevice to create an envelope around areas of the home, but it doesn't contain chemicals that assist with keeping out allergens. Instead, it acts as a barrier for the living environment, thereby making it a better space for raising children or maintaining healthy lifestyles.

Talk to a certified Icynene contractor to determine the best way to get spray foam insulation into your home. Upgrading existing products to provide better air filtering and allergen management can help residents enjoy better quality of life and fewer health problems in the long run. Investing in Icynene is money well-spent on the longevity of a home and the people who live there.

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