When you first start to do your research into insulation, spray foam insulation is a product that can leave you with more questions than answers. Are all spray foam insulation products equal? Which products perform better than others? What are VOCs? Do I have to worry about VOCs with the spray foam insulation I’ve chosen? In this article, you’ll learn what VOCs are and how to make sure select a low VOC insulation product.
VOCs, also known as volatile organic compounds, are gases that are emitted by all kinds of products. There are many different chemicals to be found in VOCs, each one having its own short- or long-term effects. While there are countless products that off-gas various VOCs, most people try to limit their exposure as much as possible.
So , how can you limit exposure to VOCs? It’s important to understand where VOCs can come from and understand what low VOC alternatives are available. VOCs can be found in an array of everyday items including:
- some furniture, including mattresses and shower curtains
- house paint
- varnish and other hobby supplies
- some beauty supplies, like nail polish, hair spray and nail polish remover
- dry cleaned clothing
- building and insulation materials
With many of these products, it is possible to find replacements which are considered low VOC. For instance, many furnishings, including mattresses, are available that are made with organic or VOC-free materials. Water-based nail polishes exist, but you can also choose to apply nail polish outdoors, where any VOCs will diffuse into the air more quickly and easily than in your bathroom.
In terms of building materials, choosing brands that are high quality and have been tested by third party sources for the presence of VOCs can help. When it comes to spray foam insulation products, Icynene has done exactly that. Their innovative formulas, Icynene Classic Max and Icynene ProSeal, have been thoroughly researched and tested by third party toxicologists and chemists for VOC levels. In fact, they have received GREENGUARD Gold certification.
In addition to these properties, Icynene can help increase your home’s energy efficiency by creating an effective air barrier wherever it is applied. This can help to reduce air loss in your home, which can lead not only to a more comfortable home, but to lower monthly heating and cooling bills, as well.
Talk to a licensed Icynene spray foam insulation contractor in your area, to find out more reasons why Icynene is the best choice for your home, or your project.