In the fall of 2016, Delmarva Insulation was contacted by Milford High School’s Odyssey of the Mind team. Odyssey of the Mind is a year-long academic competition where students compete to solve difficult long-term problems in unique ways. At the time we were contacted, the team was looking to create a backdrop to resemble a stone wall. The team was in need of foam board insulation that would be gently heated and painted to look like rock.
Delmarva Insulation donated foam board to the team. After many hours of work, the student team transformed the foam board into a simulated rock wall. To make the foam look like stonework, the kids used a soldering iron to carve lines and then a heat gun to contour the foam, giving it a rock like appearance. A few coats of black latex paint then gave the desired effect.
Their efforts paid off! In early 2017 the team participated in the World Finals. They placed 15th in the world! Congratulations to these students and their advisors!
Did you know the majority of our exposure to air pollutants is from indoor air we breathe?
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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) estimates that the average person receives 72 percent of their chemical exposure at home. When considering the significant amount of time we spend indoors – in our homes, offices, and more – indoor air quality becomes even more important.
Indoor air pollutants come from different sources. Some indoor air pollutants are a byproduct of construction materials, home furnishings, products used to clean the home, and more. Other indoor air pollutants come from air infiltration that isn’t properly managed or controlled.
There are many ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality. Here are some tips:
Seal Air Leaks – Sealing air leaks helps create a controlled indoor environment. A qualified auditor or contractor can recommend a plan to air seal your home. Spray foam insulation can add r-value to your home and seal air leaks in one step.
Properly Ventilate – Once air leaks are sealed and there is a controlled indoor environment, the home can be properly ventilated. A mechanical ventilation system with good filtration can help remove polluted indoor air from the house.
Reduce Indoor Chemicals – Choose products that have low chemical emissions. This can include cleaning products, home furnishings that are added to the home, and more. This will help your home ventilation system work most effectively.
Have questions about your home’s indoor air quality? Contact our office, our team is happy to help.