As homes continue to be built tighter and existing homes become upgraded with better windows and insulation, our indoor air quality becomes more of a concern, so much so that studies show that indoor air is more polluted than air outdoors – up to 7x! Most homeowners are aware of regularly replacing air filters on forced-air systems, but there is much more that can be done to prevent unwanted pollutants to improve health and comfort, especially when a family member suffers from allergies or other respiratory ailments.
Sources Indoor air pollutants: The most dangerous sources of indoor air pollutants are Carbon Monoxide (CO), Radon, and second-hand smoke. Other sources of indoor pollutants are off-gassing of Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC’s from products like paints, and carpets as well as chemical cleaners. Moisture can also be hazardous as it can potentially lead to mold growth and promote the growth of dust mites, cockroaches, bacteria, and viruses. Also, pesticides should be an absolute last resort to removing unwanted guests. Read more
Majority of homes in Central PA fall woefully short in the insulation department – especially in attic spaces. Adding insulation to an attic is estimated to decrease year-round utility costs anywhere from 10 to 50 percent, that’s a pretty solid investment!
Insulation can noticeably improve a home’s overall comfort while limiting uneven temperatures. Additionally, this creates a decreased strain on HVAC equipment especially when burying ductwork in the attic and sometimes can even call for smaller equipment when the time comes for replacement. In the winter, additional insulation can help to avoid potentially dangerous ice-dams and further damage to gutters and roofs. Read more
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