Mike G- Crawl Space Insulation and Vapor Barrier Installation
Mike G in Massapequa worked with Green Homes Long Island for a solution for his Crawl Space.
ISSUES TO ADDRESS
Due to a severe lack of insulation and the customer report of being uncomfortable in the cold winter months, this North Massapequa homeowner was seeking a correct solution for the Crawl Space under the master bedroom of the home. Some of the issues were drafts, musky smells, and crickets and spiders entering the bedroom from the Crawl Space.
When Peter from Green Homes Long Island assessed the Crawl Space and the home as a whole, he identified a lack of insulation to walls and ceilings of the 12×24 Crawl space located directly under the homes master bedroom. Peter also found the crawl space to be dirty and musky in need of a clean solution to satisfy the customer’s goal for this space. Peter also identified the fiberglass insulation previously installed was falling down from the ceiling. Also identified were 2 open vents leading to the outside of the home causing humidity and moisture to enter the crawl space area.
Using the recommendation provided by comfort expert Peter Ehinger, the Green Homes Long Island production foreman Mark Borgella met with his crew member Joseph Biddy, discussed the solution and went right to the installation work. The crew was able to help the homeowner eliminate cold drafts, musky odors and insects from entering the crawlspace by the installation of closed cell high-performance spray foam, sealing all walls, air vents and ceiling. The crew all installed a heavy-duty reinforced vapor barrier and clean space floor liner. After this job was complete the homeowner provided the following testimonial to our company:
“My sales guy Peter was excellent and very thorough, I also appreciated that he was there throughout the entire install with his crew”.
“Mark and Joey were awesome as well, both were very nice, easy to talk to, neat and extremely organized, they did a GREAT job”
Making conscious decisions about your health becomes easier when you know what to look for and what to do. For example, you know that cooking at home is healthier than eating out and that regular exercise can help to reduce stress, in addition to burning calories. However, if you’re trying to reduce your asthma or allergy symptoms, apart from moving into a bubble, how can you improve your health while increasing the energy efficiency of your home?
Importance of Indoor Air Quality
Just like the food that you eat, the air that you’re breathing in every day at home affects your health. If the air is fresh and pure, you’re less likely to experience respiratory issues, coughs, runny noses, and other symptoms associated with asthma and allergies.
However, if the air in your Nassau or Long Island home is contaminated with dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), other allergens, and toxic gases like radon or carbon monoxide, your health will inevitably suffer. Short of turning your home into a sterile environment, it’s virtually impossible to eliminate all indoor air pollutants; however, there are measures you can take that will make your home a healthier environment.
Effects of Duct & Air Sealing
If your house suffers from poor indoor air quality, you may already be considering an air purification system or some kind of air filtration. However, before investing in those types of indoor air quality solutions, you need to focus on duct and air sealing.
Your home’s ductwork delivers air-conditioned or heated air to the living spaces in your home. Over time, ducts may shift or get worn, resulting in gaps and cracks. This might not seem like the end of the world, except that your ducts run through unconditioned spaces that are filled with various pollutants. So not only will hot or cool air leak out, wasting money, but contaminants will also enter and then get delivered straight into the air that you’re breathing.
While homes that are tightly air-sealed can have higher concentrations of pollutants if they aren’t properly ventilated, air sealing is still essential — especially in between conditioned and unconditioned areas like the attic, basement, and attic. By closing any spaces that are allowing air in and out, you’ll prevent outdoor pollutants from entering, all while reducing drafts and improving your home’s comfort.
Improve the Health of Your Home with Green Homes Long Island
Enhancing your home’s indoor air quality and energy efficiency can be achieved through thorough duct sealing and air sealing. In addition, our experts can help you with other services like heating and air conditioning maintenance that also affect your home’s health, comfort, and energy savings.
Are you ready to improve your health and your home’s energy efficiency? Contact us or call (631) 391-9292 to learn more and schedule a consultation.
Scorching heat has yet to hit Long Island, but it’ll be here soon. If you were uncomfortable at home this winter or still sweat at the mere thought of the past summer, you’ll likely be hot and uncomfortable at home in just a few weeks. Fortunately, your home’s comfort problems can be resolved for the long-term with insulation.
How Does Insulation Work?
When you head to the beach during the summer, you’ll likely be toting a cooler to keep the drinks cool. The insulated walls of the cooler keep heat out. Now think about a warm, down comforter you snuggle up under in the winter. The down works to keep heat in.
Insulation works by reducing heat transfer and keeping heat where it is. This means an insulated home will not only be more comfortable during the summer, but it will also be significantly cozier during the winter.
Finding Problem Areas in Your Long Island Home
Most homes across Nassau and Long Island experience problems with discomfort which in turn leads to even higher energy bills. The surest way to discover what’s causing issues with discomfort and energy inefficiency is with a home energy audit.
After a total analysis using inspections and precise measurement tools, an expert auditor will provide you with a solution. This may involve air sealing and insulating specific areas (commonly the attic) and perhaps upgrading your heating and air conditioning systems to more energy efficient models.
Comfort & Savings with Air Sealing & Insulation
Although many homeowners attribute a second floor that’s too hot during the summer to poor air conditioning, the real cause is generally inadequate attic insulation. By improving your home through air sealing and insulation, you’ll be able to rest easy in a comfortable and cool home this summer, while staying toasting once the freezing temperatures hit in winter.
Stay Comfortable with Help from Green Homes Long Island
Our top priority at Green Homes Long Island is to keep you, your family, and your home comfortable. With an energy assessment, we’ll be able to determine what’s causing those uneven temperatures, poor indoor air quality, and increasing energy bills. Then with insulation, we’ll increase your home’s energy efficiency and comfort levels. Finally, we can also help you upgrade to a more efficient air conditioner or mini-split to keep your home cool all summer long.
Make sure every season is comfortable at home. Contact us or call (631) 391-9292
to schedule a home energy audit or insulation consultation today!
Covid -19 Update – Master Plumbing Heating Cooling is classified as an “Essential Business” by New York State. Our office is open, our technicians are working and as always, we are here for all your home comfort and safety needs. The health & safety of our staff, customers, friends and community is a top priority for us at Master Plumbing Heating Cooling. During these challenging times, we will continue to be of service to our valued customers. In addition to our customary safety protocols, we have instituted all the recommended health agency protocols to ensure and protect our customers and team members. Contact us today if you need our help.