Health considerations

While the debate continues as to the health effects of loose-fill insu­lations, it is important to be protected during any type of insulation installation. A National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-approved respirator and protective eyewear and clothing such as goggles, gloves, long-sleeved shirts, and pants will minimize contact with the insulation. The home’s ductwork should be sealed properly, as well as any other openings where insulation could leak out of the wall or ceiling cavities and into the living space. Insulation fibers also can be drawn into air-distribution sys­tems if the ducts are not sealed properly, allowing the fibers to cir­culate within the living space.