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Cold House? Insulate or You Might Get Sick

Posted by Emillie Lee

Jan 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Many people think solely of their energy bills when thinking of a drafty, poorly insulated home. The truth is, there's an even more sinister consequence of poor insulation -- poor health. Living in a cold and drafty home is not good for your health or that of your family members, especially during the winter.

Living in a cold home can hinder your immune system, making you susceptible to pathogens like the flu and the common cold. You're likely to find that you become sick more often in a chilly home -- especially if you're over the age of 65, have a long-term health condition, or are otherwise immune compromised.

A chilly, drafty home can also contribute to more serious illnesses, such as heart attacks and depression. Respiratory illnesses that begin as minor colds may later escalate into pneumonia, which can be deadly, especially in the young and elderly.

Experts recommend keeping your home set to at least 65 degrees in order to ward off these health effects, but for many, the cost of doing so is prohibitive. Heating a drafty, poorly insulated home can be extremely costly, and in many cases, even with the heat turned up high, there will be areas of the home that remain chilly and drafty.

While you may not be able to construct a whole new energy efficient home tomorrow, there are things you can do to stay healthier in a drafty home. Consider having your home re-insulated with spray foam insulation, which forms an air-tight barrier to prevent drafts while also reducing heating bills. Wear warmer clothes to keep your body warm, and eat warm meals and sip on warm drinks.

Contact NCFI Polyurethanes to learn more about spray foam, one of the essential materials for building energy-efficient homes.

Topics: Safety, Spray Polyurethane, NCFI, Winter