home insulation allergy

Home insulation can cause trigger allergies if the insulation is poorly installed, faulty, and wrong insulation type has been used. Insulation material itself doesn’t cause allergies. It is quite common to be allergic to specific substances owing to increased incidences of water and air pollution. 

Insulation material works by sealing air leak, ensuring the room temperature maintained by the HVAC stays while restricting the overuse of electricity. However, it is also vital to understand how insulation can affect your allergies.

1. Restricts Allergens Entry to the House: Insulation, apart from its primary role of maintaining the room temperature, restricts the entry of common allergens such as pollen, grasses, cockroaches, mice, and more to your house. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, dust mites and saliva or even feces coming from insects like cockroaches in your home may trigger asthma or allergy attacks.

2. Fight off Mold and Mildew: Homes exposed to moisture are commonly infected by mold and mildew. The dampness breeds mold and mildew that produce allergens and irritants. If inhaled or touched can cause allergic reactions such as skin rash, runny nose, red eyes, and sneezing.

Knowing how to choose which insulation is best for your home is what you can do to avoid any allergic reaction. Spray foam is one of the best types of insulation for people with allergies. Spray foam insulation can seal any air leak without having to remove the previous insulation material. Spray foam doesn’t mold. It keeps moisture from walls or attics and other parts of your home. Therefore, it is effective in preventing allergic reactions or at least reducing them.

Proper insulation can help tackle allergies. If you still believe that insulation can trigger allergies, contact your local insulation contractor and learn from him that insulation when used properly does not cause allergies.