Older Insulation Methods – Can They Cause Harm?

cottage-standard-insulatingWhen people choose to install their own insulation, sometimes it seems like the obvious benefit is financial savings. While you may save some money by installing insulation yourself in the short term, you will likely end up paying more in the long run – possibly even with your health.

That’s because when people choose a DIY insulation, they often decide to use fiberglass insulation, and yes – there are several health risks associated with exposure to fiberglass insulation. While some of these risks aren’t fully understood or agreed-upon by the experts, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, it is generally accepted that depending on the circumstances, fiberglass insulation can potentially cause physical harm.

Small particles of fiberglass insulation that come into contact with skin can both lodge in pores and can cause a whole host of ailments ranging from general itchiness all the way to rashes. Inhalation of fiberglass insulation is particularly hazardous, as it can cause coughing, nosebleeds and respiratory irritation. Worse yet, superfine fiberglass particles can lodge deeply in the lungs and it is thought that this can lead to even more serious repercussions, possibly even cancer – OSHA, in fact, requires fiberglass insulation to carry a cancer warning label.

So how can you avoid exposing yourself to the harmful effects of fiberglass insulation? Well, the best choice is to trust the experts at Standard Insulating Co. We use foam insulation for some jobs, cellulose for others, and our insulation technicians are fully trained to install your insulation with a minimum impact to your environment. We’ll provide clean, safe installation, and we’ll work in such a way that we help you save now and in the future on your energy bills.

Don’t risk your own health and safety, and that of your family’s – when it comes to home insulation, count on the experts at Standard Insulating Co. for your needs. To learn more about the Standard Insulating approach to home insulation and to find out about how we can help you make your home more comfortable and energy efficient, call (800) 738-1424 or (800) 738-1424 or email to info@standardinsulatingco.com.

About Standard Insulating Co.

Standard Insulating Co. was founded in 1928 and is now the oldest and largest insulation company in the Mohawk Valley. Using state-of-the-art technology and the Energy Smart incentive programs from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Standard Insulating can determine the causes of energy loss in your home and provide the solutions. They will also determine if a family or individual qualifies for incentives up to 50% (max. $5000) and low interest loans.

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