How to Know if You’re Allergic to Insulation

How To Know If You're Allergic To Insulation

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There are so many things inside our homes that could be causing us to sneeze, itch our eyes, or even cough. With a pandemic still looming, it is best to get to the root source of these causes of these symptoms to not only keep ourselves healthy but to ensure that any present illness can be monitored and controlled. 

We might find ourselves experiencing allergy symptoms most when doing home renovations, redecorating, or even installing new insulation. Why would we need new insulation in our home, and is it potentially dangerous? Let’s take a look at the facts together.

What is Insulation For?

Insulation, as the name would suggest, keeps the temperature inside your home as consistent as possible through all seasons of the year. When it’s cold out, insulation helps keep your home warm. When it’s hot out, insulation can keep the air you’re cooling with the help of an air conditioner to stay inside your home without being affected by the climate outside. 

These benefits are not only for our own comfort but are also beneficial to conserving energy and saving money on our home expense bills. Now that we know that insulation is so important in your home – if you’re allergic to it, what might you be experiencing?

Allergic Reactions to Insulation to be on the Lookout For

An allergy to insulation is relatively common among those that come in contact with it. Not all insulation is the same, though. There are three main insulation types: fiberglass, cellulose, and spray foam. It is common to experience an allergic reaction to fiberglass insulation, noting that this kind of insulation has tiny pieces of recycled glass in its fibers. 

If you do have allergies associated with insulation, here are the symptoms you can expect:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Red or sore eyes
  • Hives or painful rashes

How to Avoid Allergic Reactions to Insulation

It is imperative that when handling any kind of chemical, including those that you can find in insulation, gloves and proper PPE is used. Using a barrier between chemicals and the skin protects your skin, eyes, and respiratory system from falling victim to fiberglass. 

Additionally, as new technologies in insulation become available, you can also look into different options aside from fiberglass to keep your homes insulated. In the event that you are concerned about the quality of your air due to the handling of insulation inside your home, please don’t leave it to chance! We can help!

Let the Pros Help Out

If you’re concerned about a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction to insulation, you may want to leave insulation installation and air purifying to the pros. That is where Air Quality Inc. of Virginia comes in! We help families in the Virginia Beach and Richmond areas get to the root of any air or water quality concerns. We would be more than happy to help you out, so reach out to us, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible! Don’t forget, at Air Quality Inc., “We care about your air!”

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