Guest post by Taylor Dardan
The popularity in all things “green” has certainly risen throughout the past decade. With people often concentrating on making decisions that involve outdoor air quality, some of the best ways to have an impact is within the home. A larger undertaking than just switching out a few household products, switching to soy and other organic insulation is a great way to improve the sustainability of the home, cut down on utility costs, and cut down on indoor toxins.
The long-term utility costs and benefits are among the major reasons organic insulation is becoming so popular, aside from just the benefit of helping to save the environment. Soy insulation may be a little more expensive than common types of insulation but it will be well worth the minor upgrade in price. Even without the added additional benefits of organic insulation, soy insulation will gain back the costs spent through reduced utility costs. Spray soy foam insulation is often considered one of the most sustainable options in all insulation types. The spray foam is applied and will then spread to fill nearly all holes and cracks throughout the home. This will prevent air from getting out of the house, putting a major reduction on utility costs in the long run.
Perhaps the most important aspect of soy foam insulation is that it is free of formaldehyde and urea. Although chemicals are used to process the soy foam, it doesn’t release any of the common volatile compounds or toxins. The importance of keeping insulation toxin free is a major coup. Many owners of older homes may need the switch to new and organic insulation because theirs is currently home to toxins. For example, asbestos exposure is a common result of insulation in older homes, putting some owners at risk of health problems. Making the switch to soy foam insulation will only ensure that exposure to these and other types of toxins don’t occur.
Aside from being sustainable and toxin free, soy insulation also presents some other great benefits. It’s extremely durable and will last for years. It is made out of an inert substance, which means it won’t rot, grow mold, or become a food option for insects and animals. This durability is also important because it will maintain structural integrity for years, continuing to be effective and efficient. Soy foam insulation is also completely environmentally responsible and made from a renewable resource like soy bean oil. Also, instead of green house chemicals during the insulation process, soy foam uses water as a blowing agent.
The multiple benefits of soy foam insulation will continue to make it one of the more popular options in organic insulation in the near future. The fact that it not only makes for a sustainable home, but is also toxin free will only prove to make soy insulation a great choice for any homeowner.
Taylor Dardan is a dedicated environmental activist, particularly concerned with the health benefits of going green and the dangers of asbestos exposure. He is an aspiring writer and a recent college graduate.