How to breathe easier in your own home this spring
Monday, February 25, 2013
With spring on the horizon, airborne allergens and pollutants can cause much grief to homeowners who suffer from breathing problems such as asthma and seasonal allergies. With the potential for increased irritation, allergy sufferers typically seek long-term, consistent relief any way they can.
Regardless of the season, allergens, dust particles and pollutants can penetrate even the smallest of gaps of a home. When combined with airborne moisture, the potential for breathing problems is noticeably high. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans, on average, spend around 90 percent of their time indoors, so improving indoor air quality is an investment in lifestyle comfort and well-being.
Indoor and outdoor sources such as chemical cleaning supplies, insecticides, carbon monoxide, mold, dirt and dust can all contribute to poorer indoor air quality.
Homeowners can take steps to improve indoor air quality. Regular cleaning with environmentally sensitive products and tools is a great way to reduce the amount of dust within the home. Fewer dust particles in the home reduces the potential for irritation.
Another effective solution is using an air purification unit to attract dust particles and return cleaner air throughout the house.
Homeowners can also stop dust particles and allergens entering their home from the outset. Using an air-sealing product such as spray foam insulation eliminates air leakage, thereby helping reduce the amount of particles and allergens that enter the home. The air-sealing qualities of spray foam insulation help reduce the infiltration of pollutants, airborne allergens and airborne moisture. The product both insulates and air seals a home by expanding up to 100 times its size within seconds to fill any gaps and cracks within the building.
The air barrier that spray foam insulation creates helps prevent pollutants, dust and irritants from penetrating the structure, while also creating a quieter home.
Spray foam insulation works to provide constant indoor comfort and protection and can significantly reduce heating and cooling bills, in some cases by up to 50 percent.
Take steps now to protect the indoor air quality in your home from spring allergens. The air barrier that spray foam insulation creates helps prevent pollutants, dust and irritants from penetrating the structure, while also creating a quieter home.