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Allergy Season and Healthy Home Air

A sound solution for making your home a healthy air haven

Spring fever is upon us. Say good bye to hibernation and say hello to tree pollen! Hello to grass pollen! Hello ragweed! Aside from nice weather, spring is a mass gathering of allergens, and they are taking out everything in their path.

While many of us are excited for the warmer days upon us, some of us fear the misery associated with spring time allergies. Trees and flowers are starting to bloom, people are outdoors doing their ritualistic yard clean up, tree pruning and garden prep. Soil is being dug up, compost thrown around and the grass is getting cut. April and May are the start of allergy season and while sufferers can take medication to help ease their symptoms, some may opt to stay indoors, thinking that their home air is better for them when it’s actually worse. Some of these outdoor allergens can make their way into a person’s home due to problems with insulation quality which result in residents being bombarded with tiny particles that could cause allergic reactions or even significant health problems.

If your home’s insulation is not able to cope with winter conditions, the ongoing freezing and thawing from the snow and ice could cause problems, more so if a home is not sealed properly. In this instance water travels into the cracks and crevices, soaks in and the moisture then flows between the various surfaces. Older insulation types like fiberglass, cotton, vermiculite and traditional insulation materials then absorb the liquid and it builds up, causes deterioration, reduced efficiency of heating and cooling and worst of all it can generate mold and mildew which makes its way into your indoor air.

The solution

If you’re considering any energy efficient home renovations this spring and you think your insulation may be at risk, by upgrading to a quality spray foam insulation, homeowners can eliminate the problems associated with traditional insulations. Spray foam insulation is impermeable and repels water, creating a seal that keeps water out and stops mold from growing. It also acts as a filter, blocking outside allergens from penetrating the home through regular osmosis or channeled air. Upgrading to a spray foam insulation product during renovations will certainly help with allergies and asthma by eliminating long-term VOC emissions and the dangers of respiratory distress caused by airborne moisture related irritants like mycotoxins that come from mold.

In combination with hypoallergenic air filters in HVAC systems and air purifiers, having the right subfloor product in your house, removing carpets, inspecting home fans and minimizing mold this makes homes insulated with a quality spray foam product cleaner and healthier to live in.

About the author: Bruce Young is the Canadian Sales Director for Icynene


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