Fiberglass insulation, you know the old, traditional kind of insulation in many homes, has a problem.
It’s susceptible to moisture.
That leads to mold growth.
“Airborne mold spores that settle in the fibers of fiberglass insulation thrive when exposed to moisture from water vapor in the air or condensation,” writes the San Francisco Gate. “Mold can be a source of unhealthy indoor air quality and produce allergic symptoms in susceptible individuals.”
If not addressed, mold growth also can cause wood in a home to rot, according to the American Chemistry Council.
Manage the moisture
So how does all this moisture enter your home?
Through gaps and cracks in your home that fiberglass insulation fails to prevent. Condensation on your windows also can increase humidity.
Combat mold growth with foam insulation.
Foam insulation can seal all the gaps and air leaks in your home, effectively eliminating that nasty moisture and humidity wreaking havoc on your quality of life.
That air tight seal has other benefits.
“Spray foam insulation can be the perfect solution for reducing airborne allergens and pollutants from entering your home,” spray foam manufacturer Icynene writes. “By insulating with spray foam, an air-tight barrier is created in the home’s structure, preventing unwanted irritants from passing into the house through tiny gaps or porous building materials.”
Allergy sufferers rejoice.
It’s the age of choices.
Don’t choose to live with moisture and mold and pollen by keeping your fiberglass insulation.