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Improve indoor air quality for a healthier home

(NC) Poor indoor air quality and toxins within your home can have a detrimental effect on your health and that of your family. The Environmental Protection Agency says that the repercussions can lead to immediate and long-term health effects such as irritation, fatigue, asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis and humidifier fever, all of which can hinder the quality of life.

Homeowners concerned about their health can consider effective solutions that not only improve the indoor air quality but also the overall comfort of their home. Insulation professionals suggest assessment of the insulation since older houses (commonly insulated with traditional insulation materials) are regarded as hotbeds for the three Ms – moisture, mould and mildew.

Older, more traditional insulation materials such as fibreglass, wool and cellulose typically soak up moisture – whether rain, ice or snow – like a sponge impacting the stability and performance of the building. It can also lead to mould growth and mildew. In the right conditions, mould and fungus can grow, releasing spores into the atmosphere leading occupants to breathe in the toxins.

A study by the University of Otago in New Zealand found that all children hospitalized during winter months had correlations in their living conditions regarding air quality. In almost a third of cases, dampness was a significant issue while almost a quarter of cases were impacted by mould.

Instead, using a modern insulation solution can help significantly to improve the indoor air quality of any home. Take a look for example at a brand called, Icynene. As a one-step air seal and insulation material, this product helps protect the indoors from moisture and mould growth and it stops pollutants and toxins from penetrating the home to create a healthier and positive living for all. More information can be found at

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