There’s only two times most people think of insulation: when they are in their attics or in the dead heat of a Texas summer.  You’re probably here because you either can’t seem to get your house to cool down, or you just got your sky high summer electric bill.

fiberglass-insulation-hazzard-dallasThere is no doubt that there are energy and cost benefits to outstanding insulation, but your health should also be a major concern.  Although nearly 90% of homes in the U.S. use fiberglass insulation, few homeowners are even aware of the risks fiberglass insulation poses.  Fiber glass is exactly what the name sounds like, thin fibers of glass.  Touching these fibers with bare skin or breathing the fibers can cause itchiness, rash, irritation, and other discomfort.

If fiber are inhaled, they can cause nosebleeds, coughing, and other respiratory issues.  Some studies have even linked fiberglass to exposure to cancer which is why OSHA requires fiberglass insulation to include cancer warning labels and the EPA acknowledges that it may be a carcinogen. Additionally, if fiberglass gets wet, it will lose its effectiveness as it deteriorates.  It can even provide a home for mold and other fungi to grow.

Foam Insulation

Fortunately, there is a green insulation alternative that is not only a much safer product, but it is also more effective.  Spay foam insulation was developed in the 1940’s for military use and first started being used for homes in the 1970’s.

spray-foam-insulation-green-dfwUnlike fiberglass which loses efficiency around cracks, gaps, holes around electrical and plumbing lines, and outlets, foam insulation air seals your home keeping your home cooler in the summer and warm in the winter.  Experts estimate that as much as 40 percent of energy for heating and cooling may be saved by utilizing a spray foam vs. fiberglass insulation. Additionally, many clients enjoy a reduction of noise pollution from outside sources and sound proofing between rooms and floors within the house. As an added bonus to using foam insulation, pollutants and allergens are minimized in your home due to the continuous air barrier in place.

You don’t have to sacrifice any amount of quality when choosing green home building products. Spray Foam insulation proves to be an exceptional option by providing superior quality benefits, while allowing us to install it without chemical or dust being emitted into your home.

If you’re sick of having to choose between being hot or an outrages energy bill, give Bailey Family Builders a call at 972-816-4955, and we’ll keep the heat out of your house and money in your pocket.

Fiberglas Insulation Photo by Anne Hornyak / CC BY-SA
Spray Foam Insulation
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