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Create Healthier Homes by Insulating from Noise

Posted by Becky Eades

Sep 11, 2015 11:00:00 AM

When most people think of insulation, they think of creating a heat barrier. But there's another important reason to insulate your home well: to provide a noise barrier. Noise is more of a concern than you might imagine. In fact, noise pollution can lead to a number of health consequences. Therefore, it's best to use the best insulating materials for your construction projects so you can create as healthy of a home as possible.


Adverse Health Effects of Noise Pollution

If you live in a very loud area, such as near an airfield or a loud factory, you need to be concerned about hearing loss. Sounds in excess of 85 decibels are potentially hazardous to the ears when experienced over a long period of time. To put this in perspective, 85 decibels is as loud as heavy traffic. By insulating your home well, you protect your ears from this damage.

Another consequence of noise pollution is interrupted sleep. Poor sleep can lead to an array of health issues, from low immunity to impaired cognitive function. When someone loses sleep over long periods of time, he or she is likely to become depressed or anxious. Accidents and injuries can also be attributed to fatigue during the day, which is brought on by restless sleep.

Spray Foam Insulation as a Noise Barrier

Even if your street is only moderately busy, it's essential to keep your home quiet. A good way to do this is with spray foam insulation, which has a higher insulating capacity than traditional insulation and also works to block out noise by sealing cracks and crevices in your walls.

Visit the NCFI Polyurethanes' website to learn more about spray foam materials for your construction projects, and the many other benefits of this product.


Topics: Home Design, Safety, Soundproofing