Spray Foam and Asthma Prevention

spray foam asthma preventionIn response to the American Lung Association (ALA) recently linking asthma to air quality and particle pollution, the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical voice to the spray foam industry, encouraged contractors and builders to help in the prevention of asthma and asthma related attacks through the use of responsible building materials in homes and commercial buildings, according to a press release.

With an estimated 26 million Americans affected by asthma – and its proven direct link to air quality – the SPFA works to increase awareness about ways to reduce its occurrence through the use of quality materials in the construction and building industry.

The ALA’s “State of the Air 2016” report found that even with continued improvement in air quality over 2012-2014, with lower levels of year-round particle pollution and ozone indicated as a positive trend, too many people in the U.S. live where the air is unhealthy for them to breathe. The report also found that approximately 22.8 million Americans live in areas with unhealthful year-round levels of particle pollution, and that those with asthma are at high risk because of it.

“The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance wants to educate American consumers, homeowners, commercial property owners, businesses, builders and others on the importance of proper insulation and air sealing of the building enclosure, as a means for lowering the number of asthma triggers able to permeate the inside of a home or building,” said a SPFA spokesperson.

As Intech Equipment and Supply has previously discussed in other blog posts, one of the key recognized benefits of spray foam is improved indoor air quality. The material provides a superb seal to the home or structure, acting as an effective thermal, air and moisture control solution. The improved air-tightness that spray foam provides allows for better control of indoor humidity, which also reduces the occurrence of mold.

Furthermore, it dramatically minimizes the amount of exterior allergens and pollutants, such as pollen, smoke, dust and airborne chemicals able to randomly enter the structure. A well-sealed building allows for controlled and filtered ventilation of the building. This reduction in asthma triggers benefits all owners, residents and visitors susceptible to the condition or other respiratory-related health issues.

“Spray foam use in the built environment and the energy conservation it results in, ultimately reduces those triggers to the benefit of anyone at risk of asthma…” said another SPFA spokesperson. “Spray foam insulation and roofing are among the few products with such a positive effect on both ends of the spectrum – reduction in energy production and the maintenance of great indoor air-quality.”

Intech Equipment and Supply offers spray foam resources to help spray foam insulation contractors educate themselves and their workers about the health and safety risks of spray foam equipment and related jobs, and how to protect themselves to avoid harmful situations. For more information, visit our Spray Foam Insulation Resources page.