Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Air sealing is the process of reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of a home. It is an important step to reduce energy costs, reduce drafts and cold spots, help to keep out pests and allergens, and increase the overall air quality in your home.

Air leakage occurs when outside air enters and conditioned air leaves your house uncontrollably through cracks and openings. For years, it was believed that air leaks created proper home ventilation. Today’s building science proves this isn’t the case. Uncontrolled air leaks can cause too much or too little air to enter or leave the home. Either situation can result in poor indoor air quality.

Although air sealing is a very important part of home energy efficiency, it doesn’t eliminate the need for proper insulation. Foam insulation is a perfect solution to both insulate and seal air leaks.

Foam insulation expands when applied and completely fills a cavity. The product is applied as a liquid and expands to 100 times its volume. This means that the product fills cracks and crevices in a cavity, and expands to seal these gaps. With one application, your home is insulated and air sealed!

Interested in learning more about spray foam and getting an estimate for your next project? Contact us today and learn more.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Protecting your crop or livestock from the elements and pests is an important part of any agricultural business. Properly insulating your agricultural building can mean the difference between profit and loss.

Delmarva Spray Foam has vast experience installing spray foam insulation in a variety of agricultural buildings, including poultry houses.

We recommend installing Quik-Shield 180 from SWD Urethane in poultry houses. Why?
  • It’s properties help increase the building strength in addition to insulating and sealing air leaks.
  • The product is beetle-resistant, which helps minimize pest infiltration.
  • It is “peck proof” to help prevent damage to the installed product and maintain its integrity.
  • It is manufactured in dark colors to help create dark living space, which has been show to increase poultry growth rate.
Are you looking to add insulation to your poultry house, or upgrade your current insulation? Contact us for a free estimate.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Existing homes can lose up to 35% of its energy efficiency through poorly insulated walls. This not only affects your home’s energy efficiency, it affects your home’s comfort.

Most homeowners don’t know foam insulation can be added to the exterior walls of their existing home. Where historically spray foam insulation could only be applied in open cavities like open walls or attics, today’s injection foam can be added to exterior walls of existing home. This means older or existing homes can benefit from the air sealing and insulating benefits of foam insulation!

Handi-Fill Wall Seal was specifically designed to safely and completely fill closed wall cavities to insulate and stop air leaks. During product application, Handi-Fill Wall Seal in injected into the cavity through a small hole.

To ensure the cavity is not over filled and the injection foam is properly filling the entire space, an infrared scan is performed during installation to show the installer how the foam is going in place. This allows the installer to adjust the volume of foam that’s being applied to ensure the cavity is properly filled.

Injection foam can be installed in spaces as small as 1/2 inch at an R-value of 3.4 per inch. Handi-Fill Wall Seal will not settle or shrink over time like some insulation materials. This ensures a true air seal preventing air movement and uncomfortable drafts.

Click here to download the Handi-Fill Wall Seal brochure.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

We are proud to salute our partner company, Southland Insulators, and their celebration of 30 years in business.

In celebration of this milestone, founder Gerald R. Palmer and his team chose to make a special donation to benefit the life of a wounded warrior.

To read more about Southland Insulators and this donation, click here. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Do you or someone you love suffer from asthma or asthma-related attacks?

It’s estimated that 26 million Americans are affected by asthma or asthma-related conditions. It’s proven that these attacks have a direct link to air quality — and air sealing your home can help.

In the lungs of asthma sufferers, swollen airways become extra sensitive when the individual is exposed to asthma triggers such as pollen, smoke, pet dander, dust, mold, chemicals in the air and more. To make things worse, an American Lung Association study indicated too many people in the United States live in areas where the air is unhealthy for them to breathe.

Sealing a home’s air leaks can help improve indoor air quality by lowering the number of asthma triggers that can enter the inside of a home or building.

Spray foam insulation is a great option to both insulate and seal air leaks in one step. In fact, one of the key benefits of spray foam is improved indoor air quality. The material provides an exceptional air seal, works as a thermal barrier (insulator) and helps control moisture issues. This improved air-tightness provides better control of indoor humidity, which reduces mold inside the home. It also dramatically reduces the number of pollutants that can enter the home (pollen, dust, etc.) and allows a home to have proper mechanical ventilation to filter the air and keep the interior air clean.

By reducing these asthma triggers, anyone affected by asthma or other breathing issues will benefit.

Wondering how well your home is air sealed? Give us a call for a free in-home estimate.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Save money with an energy audit.
A home energy audit is done to determine methods for reducing energy use, saving money on utility bills, and improving overall comfort in a home. Some of the same methods used by professionals can be duplicated in your own home analysis. Here are some tips on what to look for and how to make any necessary corrections.

#1 Find Air Leaks
One of the most cost effective changes you can make to conserve energy in your home is sealing air leaks. Common areas to check for leaks are window frames, door frames, and electrical outlets (these are very easy to feel on a cool, windy day).  To do a thorough job, be sure to also check recessed can lights, the attic access door, rim joists in the basement, the chimney flue, and where ever wires or pipes enter your home. In most cases some caulk or weather stripping should take care of leaks. For can lights and chimney flues consult a professional for assistance properly and safely sealing these.

#2 Check Your Windows
Check for gaps around your windows, an area where air commonly escapes. There are several ways to do this: shine a flashlight around the edges at night or use a smoke stick (when lit the smoke will drift toward leaks). Another trick: put a piece of paper in the window and then close and lock it – if you can pull the paper out without it tearing that window isn’t creating a tight seal.

After leaks are located, seal them with caulk or weather stripping according to manufacturer’s instructions (weather stripping works better for larger gaps).

#3 Look in the Attic
Adequate insulation in your attic is a common culprit for heat loss. Standards for attic insulation may have changed since your home was built. Consider adding insulation to your attic for increased energy savings – and don’t forget about sealing air leaks!  ENERGY STAR® estimates that adding insulation and sealing air leaks (which can be done in just one step with spray foam insulation) can save homeowners as much as 10% on their annual energy bills. If you’re looking for insulation help you’ve come to right place – we’re the experts! Contact us for a free estimate.

#4 Unplug it
Reduce “standby power” in your home. Standby is power used by electronic devices that are plugged in, but not in use. Even though these devices are not is use, they are still draining energy (ENERGY STAR® estimates five to ten percent of residential energy use can be blamed on standby power). The solution is simple. Unplug it. Or, if that is too inconvenient for TVs or hard-to-reach outlets, use a power strip with an on/off switch.

Have questions on what to do after you find a problem? We can help! Call us today to discuss what you found and for a free estimate. In the meantime, check out this great resource for your own DIY energy audit from our friends at Energy Star.

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