What You Don’t Know About Your Home’s Air Quality

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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.

Crawl Space Insulation – Georgetown, DE

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Have a crawl space? You may have big problems.

Crawl spaces are susceptible to moisture and deterioration problems. Why? Soil has high humidity that can cause a crawl space to become damp. This damp environment can be unhealthy, harboring mold and creating an ideal living space for pests.

Think this damp space is isolated and doesn’t affect the interior of your home? Think again. The natural airflow of a home is from bottom to top (ground to sky). As your home naturally breathes, the moist air (and everything in it) flows up and into the living areas of the home.

Before and After Crawl Space Insulation - Delmarva Insulation

By properly air sealing and insulating your home’s crawl space, you win by:

  • creating a more comfortable and more healthy living environment for you and your family
  • saving on energy costs by not having to heat or cool the air from the crawl space that is pulled into your home due to natural air flow
  • creating additional storage space for your home by creating a clean and dry space beneath your home

Contact Us to schedule your free estimate!