The Ultimate Insulation Dangers Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Fiberglass is one of the most popular substances for insulating homes today. You may, however, have heard talk of it being unsafe. What are the facts? Take this quiz to see how much you know about fiberglass insulation.

What color is fiberglass insulation, usually?

The pink insulation looks a bit like cotton candy, and is usually attached to a sheet of backing material.


In what direction does heat naturally flow?

Without proper insulation, your home will lose heat in the winter and gain extra heat in the summer.


Beyond added comfort, what is another benefit of insulating your home?

With less heat transfer between inside your house and outside, your air conditioner and heater don't need to work as hard, thus lowering your utility bills.


What is one of the items that is used to make fiberglass?

Fiberglass is not a naturally occurring substance; it is made from such things as sand and recycled glass.


About what percentage of American homes are insulated using fiberglass?

In the 1970s, one of the manufacturers of fiberglass insulation, Owens Corning, successfully lobbied to make the substance become standard for insulating homes.


What is a problem that some fear may result from the use of fiberglass insulation?

Fiberglass insulation easily irritates the skin upon contact. Some fear that inhaling bits of it could also lead to cancer.


What was the main insulation material in American homes prior to fiberglass?

Asbestos was an insulator that was even used in ancient Greece. Only in the late 20th century did it become unpopular for health reasons.


How does asbestos increase the risk of cancer?

Inhaled asbestos particles can stay in the lungs for long periods of time, and can even migrate to other parts of the body.


Is fiberglass a cancer-causing substance?

Studies on the subject have presented contrasting conclusions. But proper installation can greatly reduce or eliminate the health risks that might exist.


Which of these has been suggested as an alternate insulation material, in place of fiberglass?

Other suggestions for insulation include newspaper, cotton and cork.


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