How does Stabilized Cellulose insulation affect Air Quality?
Because Comfort-Zone Stabilized Cellulose is made from natural, non-carcinogenic wood fibers (recycled newspaper print), there are none of the health concerns commonly associated with fiberglass and rockwool insulation.
There is no off-gassing, vapors, emissions, airborne irritants, or other volatile organic compounds(VOCs). All of the ingredients of cellulose have been entirely known to the scientific community for decades, and are 100% non-hazardous to human health.
Our low-dust formula means that a dust mask is the only requirement when installing stabilized cellulose, as it recommended for any fiber insulation material. This only occurs at the time of installation. Once the cellulose is cured and stabilized, there is no more dust!
Fiberglass insulation, however, is known to be a respiratory and skin irritant, and is a suspected human carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program. It is also suspected to be major contributing factor in Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).
Beyond the air quality in your home, cellulose contributes to the air quality of the atmosphere. Stand outside a cellulose plant, and you will hear the humming of motors, but there will be a distinct absence of smoke plumes and odors, such as you would find outside other plants. This is because there are virtually zero emissions involved with the processing of cellulose for insulation.