insulation and allergiesMold Allergies

Do your allergies worsen during rainy season? If yes, then you are possibly suffering from mold allergies that can hamper your daily comfortable life. The mold spores enter your body through the nasal tract and cause an allergic reaction; thereby causing respiratory allergies or asthma. Mold occurs in moisture whether indoors or outdoors. The problem increases when the mold spores, constantly travelling in the air, come in contact with a wet surface in your house due to a leakage,  moist basement, damp portions near the carpet which do not catch our attention.

Mold allergies are not seasonal and those suffering from mold allergies can experience it in the rain prone area. The main symptoms of mold allergies are extensive coughing, sneezing profusely, itching in the eyes, congestion and difficulty in breathing. Even children can fall a prey to mold allergies if
their school buildings are not constructed properly. Mold allergies can also give rise to Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis; prominent among farmers who continuously engage themselves with moldy crop materials.

Allergies due to bad air

Nowadays a very pertinent question is rankling on the minds of individuals, health practitioners and environmentalists – “Do we inhale good quality air?”People who suffer from air-borne allergies prefer to stay indoors since the air outside contains pollen and spores. But are we satisfied that the indoor air quality is not harmful? No, because dust mites, pests and animal dander play a major part in polluting the indoor air. 80% of the houses in the US are affected by dust mites, 60% of them are affected by animal dander. Pests are found in the houses located in the inner cities.

Allergens travel through the air and settle down on the parts of the furniture, surfaces of the floors  and walls. Pollen, dust mites, pest debris contain allergens of larger size as a result they settle quickly and pollute the air. The main sources of allergens in the indoor air are pets, stuffed toys, carpets, non-encased bed linen (mattresses and pillows) and overstuffed furniture.

Controlling Indoor Allergy

1. Surfaces around the home should be left uncluttered. Bedroom floors should be kept bare. Rugs and carpets should be washed regularly to keep away dust mites.

2. People affected by allergies should not keep furry pets and feathered birds in the house.

3. Usage of air conditioners in warm weather prevents dust mites due to reduction in the levels of humidity inside the house. Filters of the window units should be changed periodically.

4. Garbage should be covered in order to avoid pests. Boric acid and traps should be used rather than spraying chemicals to keep away rats, cockroaches and other pests.

Spray Foam Insulation – A better alternative

The average American citizen spends his time indoors mostly. This calls for the need of good quality indoor air. Many people develop health issues and allergies due to moisture, mold and harmful gases. Spray foam insulation can miraculously prevent allergens enter your home such as pollen, moisture, carbon monoxide etc. This kind of insulation will be effective only if it is installed in the proper manner. Spray foam acts as an air barrier as well as a moisture barrier.

Closed cell spray foam prevents water vapor from entering the room. As a result, moisture cannot escape through the walls, attic or any other space in your room. It has an ability to retard water; thus making it a superior insulator for allergies. It helps in preventing asthma and other respiratory tract diseases too.