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August 31, 2023

Making the connection between the construction of your home and the air you breathe inside of it is especially important for those of us who deal with respiratory sensitivities and seasonal allergies. And with more smoke from the Canadian wildfires affecting the Binghamton air this year, indoor air quality has been on the minds of many New York homeowners. If you are looking for ways to make your home a healthier place to live, there are home improvement services like professional air sealing that can keep your air cleaner through all seasons.

A Leaky Home and the Great Insulation Myth

Insulation is meant to act as a barrier between the indoor and outdoor air, keeping our homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. However, insulation's effectiveness is significantly undermined when a house has air leaks.

Even the smallest gaps and holes allow for the easy passage of outside air and heat, rendering insulation efforts almost moot. It's like buying an expensive lock for your door but leaving the windows wide open. In fact, it's not uncommon for homes to have enough hidden air holes and gaps to equate to actually leaving a window open 24 hours a day.

The constant stream of outside air through these gaps not only makes it harder to maintain a comfortable temperature inside but also drives up energy costs. The air you pay to heat or cool is constantly escaping, and your HVAC system has to work overtime to compensate.

Infiltration: The Silent Contaminant Carrier

So, with all this outside air finding its way in, what else is it bringing with it? A lot more than just a draft, it turns out.

Outdoor air can carry with it a myriad of contaminants. Pollen, pollutants, dust, and even insect particles can find their way into our homes through these gaps. For someone without allergies, these might cause minor discomfort. But for those with allergies or sensitivities, this constant barrage of contaminants can exacerbate symptoms, making a home a source of daily distress.

Mold spores, a common allergen, can be especially problematic. When warm, humid outside air infiltrates a cooler interior, condensation occurs. This moisture creates an ideal breeding ground for mold and rot. And where there's mold, there's an increased risk of respiratory issues, particularly for children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

Sealing the Deal for a Healthier Home

Recognizing the problem is half the battle. This is where air sealing comes into play. By sealing those hidden gaps and holes, you're not just keeping out the unwanted air but also all the contaminants that come with it. Air sealing, especially when done professionally, ensures that your insulation works to its maximum potential. Your home becomes more energy-efficient, leading to noticeable savings on your utility bills. But, more importantly, it becomes a healthier place to live.

Make Your Home a True Sanctuary with The Insulation Man

Isn't it time you cleared the air in your Binghampton home? With the myriad of benefits ranging from increased energy efficiency to a healthier living environment, the choice is clear. Don't let hidden gaps compromise the comfort and safety of your sanctuary. Call The Insulation Man today and schedule your professional air sealing services. Let us help you transform your home into the safe, comfortable, and healthy haven it was always meant to be.

Keep wildfire smoke and allergens out of your breathing air. Call The Insulation Man to schedule air sealing, at 607.775.3035.

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wanted to write you promptly. Your employees were diligent, and appeared to do a very thorough job packing more insulation into our attic spaces. Very clean as well. Can't thank you enough for taking care of this small issue, though it is important to us.

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