Can Spray Foam Insulation Improve Air Quality?

The outdoors is home to many potential pollutants such as dust, mold, and mildew spores, industrial pollution, and potentially harmful allergens. All of these undesirable air pollutants can easily seep into your home through any air leaks. These issues can be common in many homes within the United States as the result of poor insulation.

 Indoor air leaks can be an Insidious drain on your health and your bank account.

  • Indoor air pollution has been rated by the Environmental Protection Agency among the 5 most urgent environmental issues, directly contributing to more than 1 billion dollars in annual health care costs.
  • Poor indoor air quality contributes to allergies and other respiratory illnesses affecting an estimated 40 million Americans.
  • The rates of asthma in children has increased by 72.3%, coming uo from 40.1% to 69.1%
  • According to the American Lung Association, complications like as infections, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases like asthma, can develop as a result of poor a poor air quality.
  • Loss in productivity caused by respiratory illnesses are estimated to cost the economy a whopping 4.7 billion to 5.4 billion annually, all as the result of poor indoor air quality.

The best way to protect the quality of our indoor air is to keep pollutants from getting into our homes and workplaces in the first place. Spray foam insulation has the advantage of being able to lock these harmful agents out.

Healthier Air with Spray Foam

Spray foam has the ability to completely block out all outside air. Initially sprayed into place as a liquid, it expands quickly seeking out and filling everywhere where an air leak might be present and hardening into a solid barrier.

After hardening, it forms a barrier that is completely impenetrable to air. This is one of the reasons why it is the best insulation material available on the market today.

Spray foam insulation has a number of advantages over the most commonly used types of insulation which include fiberglass or cellulose.  For one, it provides a superior R-value, resulting in the best possible energy efficiency. And while it is true that fiberglass slows down the leakage of air, it doesn’t stop it completely. Spray foam will stop any leaking air in its tracks by creating a barrier that is impenetrable to air and moisture.

Spray foam prevents harmful pollutants, dust, and spores from mold and mildew from entering your home by reducing the infiltration of air. It allows you to breathe more easily in your home.

When spray foam is applied properly across different areas of your home it can keep fumes that originated in areas like the garage from entering into your primary living spaces.

Closed-Cell Spray Foam is the Premier Choice

Closed cell and open cell spray foam are much better than traditional materials when it comes to insulation, however, closed cell is the premium choice because of its ability to keep moisture from penetrating into your attic, basement, crawl space, or walls.

You might be asking yourself, why this is important?

The moisture that tends to enter your home is typically airborne and can be a major contributing factor to the growth of mold and can cause allergic reactions.

The most common insulating materials tend to absorb water and retain it, creating an environment that fosters the growth of mold. Conversely, spray foam insulation repels moisture, is not hospitable to mold as it does not provide a source of nutrients, and also prevents the growth of mold by minimizing airflow.

If you want to reduce asthma attacks and other allergic reactions, as well as mitigate the possibility of mold growth within your home, then the regulation of moisture infiltration is critical. As such, when it comes to preventing allergies, the ability of spray foam to repel moisture makes it the best possible choice.

Just remember, keeping your air clean and dry equates to fewer allergens,  end the reduced possibility of mold and mildew.

Save Money and Breathe Better

Having cleaner air in your indoor environment is just one of the many advantages that can come along with an application of spray foam insulation. You will also enjoy other benefits such as lower utility bills, and a comfy cozy home all year round.