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Does Your Home Have Traces of Asbestos? Here’s What You Should Do

asbestosThe use of asbestos as insulation remains legal in the United States, albeit highly regulated, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, despite its proven link to lung cancer and mesothelioma and several failed attempts to implement laws against it.

If you have asbestos in your home, you could be exposing your family to health risks. The asbestos in your home must be dealt with immediately by licensed asbestos contractors and replaced with safer, cost-efficient attic insulation.

Asbestos and Its Health Hazards

Asbestos is a group of natural minerals which are fire-, electricity-, and soundproof. Because of its low cost and useful properties, it has been used by industries for centuries. However, once it became linked to illnesses such as lung cancer or mesothelioma, organizations began calling for laws to ban its use. These demands, however, have not been successful.

If your home is old and used to have an asbestos insulator that was removed, you and your family may still be at risk. Asbestos remnants can linger long if not removed by professional or licensed contractors or asbestos removal companies. It is best to have your home checked and your insulation replaced immediately with a safer, cost-efficient material.

What Kind of Insulation Should I Use?

Man spraying foam insulatorMany types of insulation are available. Consulting an experienced insulation professional such as A+ Insulation will help you determine the kind that would best suit your home. Loose-fill insulation uses a blowing machine to apply the insulation material to the walls or attic. The batt or roll insulation, on the other hand, is attached to a facing which serves as a vapor barrier for heat.

These insulation categories include the following:

    • Insulsafe SP Insulation – A fiberglass blown-in insulation used for attics and walls. It’s soundproof and fireproof and can be used in new construction and existing structures.
    • Cellulose Insulation – A blown-in insulation that wraps itself around obstructions, making it a good type for attics with many corners and spaces regular insulation cannot fill.
    • Spray Foam Insulation – CertaSpray expands to fill in the little spaces.
    • Batted Insulation – An affordable type of insulation which is fitted and cut to suit the area it insulates. It is recommended for attics without much obstruction because it needs to be cut to fit around the place, which may cause gaps that allow heat to escape.

Forgoing insulation covers may result in higher energy costs just to warm your home. Insulation keeps the heat inside, keeping the temperature warm on cold days without the constant need for heaters, and cool on warm days.

A+ Insulation offers all these types of insulation, and our customers have found that the right kind of insulation that has allowed them to save at least 30% of their energy bills. Let us give you cost-efficient and effective insulators to warm your home. Visit A+ Insulation’s website for a free, no-obligation quote.