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Thursday, August 17, 2017
The Benefits of Air Sealing

The Benefits of Air Sealing

Building science is the study of how buildings consume energy. It takes a whole-house approach to energy savings. By looking at the home as one unit, overall energy improvements can be recommended and implemented rather than targeting just one area of the home.

Building science research shows one powerful energy improvement that can benefit any home – sealing air leaks. Air sealing is the process of sealing penetration points around the envelope (shell) of the home. These points are a by-product of home construction. They are found in a variety of places including around chimneys, windows, doors, vents, and the like.

One estimate from ENERGY STAR states that upgrading insulation levels and properly sealing air leaks can result in saving up to 20% on heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% on their total annual energy bill). In addition to saving on energy bills, air sealing can:

  • Help reduce indoor allergens. Keeping outside air from entering the home can help keep pollen and dust from entering the home as well.
  • Help reduce hot or cold spots that can come from outside air infiltration and help maintain a more consistent indoor temperature.
  • Help reduce wear and tear on heating and cooling systems by keeping conditioned air inside the home.

If you are considering air sealing your home, spray foam insulation is the product to consider! With one application, spray foam insulation increases r-value and seals air leaks. This accomplishes both goals in one step, creating better indoor air quality and helping save money.

Have more questions or ready for a free estimate? Contact our office.

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Monday, June 19, 2017
Allergies? Asthma? Spray Foam May Help

Allergies? Asthma? Spray Foam May Help

It’s allergy season in our area – and individuals who suffer from allergies or have asthma are feeling it. With an increase in airborne pollen and other allergens, you or someone you love may experience an increase in symptoms.

Sealing air leaks around your home can improve the air quality inside your home. Keeping outside air from entering your home can reduce the number of asthma triggers that enter your home. Adding proper ventilation to move out stale inside air and bring in filtered air can help even more.

Spray foam insulation is a great option for sealing air leaks and adding r-value to your home in one easy step. Spray foam naturally expands to fill the space where it is applied to provide an exceptional air seal. It also can help control moisture and, as an insulator, adds r-value to a home.

In addition to keeping out pollen and other outdoor pollutants, insulating and air sealing with spray foam can help control indoor humidity. This can reduce the likelihood of mold in the home – another trigger for individuals who suffer from breathing issues.

Any way you look at it, adding spray foam insulation to your home has significant benefits. Interested in learning more about insulating with spray foam in your new or existing home? Contact our office to schedule a free estimate.

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Manage Airflow, Make your Home more Efficient

Manage Airflow, Make your Home more Efficient

For many years, little was known about the way a building consumed energy. The more that is learned about building science, the easier it becomes to save energy and make buildings (and residents) more comfortable.

Building science involves the study of airflow. Improper airflow can affect the health of building residents, cause mold growth, spread pollutants, and result in energy loss. Properly managing airflow increases the efficiency of a building, reduces stress on HVAC systems, and controls indoor air quality.

There are two common types of building airflow:
  • Controlled airflow is airflow that is managed through mechanical devices. Controlled/mechanical airflow allows a building to efficiently ventilate inside air and bring in proper amounts of outside air.
  • Uncontrolled airflow is what is known as a “leaky” building. Air flows in and out of the building in a random pattern. It works against the home’s energy system, causing more stress on the HVAC system and other mechanicals.

Sealing air leaks and adding proper home ventilation are two key steps to making your home more efficient. Spray foam insulates and seals air leaks in one step. Combine this with proper ventilation and your home is on its way to being more energy efficient, have improved indoor air quality, and more.

Have questions about your home’s ventilation and overall energy efficiency? Contact our office to speak with one of our spray foam insulation professionals.

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Monday, May 1, 2017
What you don’t know about indoor air quality.

What you don’t know about indoor air quality.

You may be surprised to learn that indoor air (in your home, office, etc.) can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. The majority of our exposure to pollutants in the air is from indoor air we breathe.

When considering the significant amount of time we spend indoors, indoor air quality becomes even more important. The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) estimates that the average person receives 72 percent of their chemical exposure at home.

Indoor air pollutants can come from outside air infiltration that isn’t properly ventilated, materials used in the manufacturing of home furnishings, cleaning products and more. There are many ways to improve your indoor air quality. Here are some tips:

  • Seal air leaks - Sealing air leaks helps create a controlled indoor environment. This allows a qualified energy auditor to develop a ventilation plan to effectively maintain clean indoor air. Spray foam insulation effectively seals air leaks and insulates in one step.
  • Properly ventilate - An effective mechanical air system with good filtration can help remove polluted indoor air from the house.
  • Reduce indoor chemicals - Choose low-emitting products that have been third party certified such as GREENGUARD. Many insulation products are GREENGUARD certified.

Have questions about your home’s indoor air quality? Contact our office, our team is happy to help.

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