Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia – Spring Allergy Capitals

Did you know that our region in Virginia includes TWO of the Spring Allergy Capitals, as ranked by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America? Richmond ranks as the 22nd worst metropolitan region for spring seasonal allergies and Virginia Beach ranks as the 20th worst out of 100! The list factors in the area’s pollen score, average medicine utilization per patient and the ratio of Board Certified Allergists per patient. Red Cedar, Hackberry, Elm, Willow and Poplar are some of the offending allergens and are responsible for a good amount of that annoying yellow/green powder covering your car day and night, and making the very air you breathe a combatant against your health.

Most people who suffer from seasonal allergies will stay home to avoid exposure, but they don’t realize that the home environment can be just as dangerous. Dust mites, animal dander and even cockroaches are all common sources of indoor allergens that can compromise the health of your family.

Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. has many recommendations to help limit your exposure and make your indoor environment more comfortable and safer for your entire family. We suggest having old fiberglass insulation vacuumed out carefully by a professional who will ensure that the process doesn’t actually make your home dirtier. We recommend conditioning your crawl space to prevent moisture exchange with the outside air supply and to help eliminate the presence of pests. And we highly recommend installing an air ventilation system that will expel the “bad” air from inside your house to the outdoors while returning perfectly humidified, clean air to the house. In particular, we are fans of the EZ Breathe Ventilation System. This energy efficient unit operates effectively to improve your home environment and the health of your family.

How are seasonal allergies impacting you? If you would like to take steps to eliminate them, contact Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today for more information on all of the possible solutions to your allergy issues. We look forward to speaking with you today!

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Combating Seasonal Allergies at Home

Allergy Season is officially here and homeowners will soon begin the daily battle to keep their air clean and healthy for their families. While the onslaught of different pollens, as well as the proliferation of dust mites won’t soon end, there are steps you can take to make your home a true shelter against aggravating allergens.

Many people fail to recognize the relationship between crawl spaces and seasonal allergens. In many homes, air is drawn into the house from the crawl space, bringing with it all of the natural grime that collects there from plants and pests over time. Additionally, many homes have dusty attics which are also a source of inside air.

One recommendation you should consider is having your old insulation removed. A professional will vacuum it out and execute what is actually a very clean process. Reject any contractor who plans to bag up the insulation and drag it through your home – the transfer will only make conditions worse. Installing new, clean insulation, and replacing old fiberglass insulation with spray foam insulation creates a cleaner interior and fewer allergies!

You might also consider one of our favorite newer products, the EZ Breathe Ventilation System. This energy efficient system creates an air exchange that expels contaminants from your home and draws clean, healthy, air throughout your rooms increasing your family’s comfort and safety. Paired with clean insulation and encapsulated crawl spaces and/or attics, your home can be the perfect sanctuary against seasonal allergens! Have questions? Contact Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today!

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Are You Losing Money Through the Roof?

Welcome winter weather! All over Virginia, homeowners are starting to turn on heater systems and preparing for cold days ahead. No matter how old or new your home is, if your attic is not properly insulated, you are quite literally losing money through your roof!

Fiberglass insulation provides a minimum standard of protection from heat loss and air transfer. It has a limited lifespan and should be replaced approximately every ten years. It does not conform to the spaces where it is installed, leaving gaps and spaces where air can creep in (and out).

Electricity prices are at a premium these days and most homeowners would prefer to avoid sending their precious heat out into the world. An expert application of spray foam insulation seals attic spaces and carries a lifetime warranty. The result is lower heating bills and more comfortable living spaces.

If the idea of spending less for better results is appealing to you, contact Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today to schedule a visual check of your attic and crawl spaces. We’ll be happy to give you a general estimate and address all of your insulation and weatherization concerns. Call us today!

Benefits of Open-Cell Spray Foam Insulation

Homeowners concerned with energy efficiency have several options when choosing insulation products. Fiberglass insulation is common, but requires replacement as often as every 5 years. Closed Cell Foam is a premium product that costs more, but returns its value in the form of monthly utility savings and the fact that it does not need to be replaced under normal conditions – it carries a lifetime warranty.

Open Cell Foam is a good compromise for those homeowners who want the benefits of spray insulation without the initial investment for Closed Cell Foam.

Many clients choose Open Cell Foam for the cost savings. However, others select it because it allows vapor diffusion; moisture can escape the house through the foam, however it still makes the home airtight.

These photos from a White Plains retrofit of an 1840’s farmhouse demonstrate how one can encapsulate an attic with Open-Cell Foam. We can create access to even the most difficult areas, and the holes that are made in the wall are easily patched with drywall mud.

Do you have a home that you would like to operate more efficiently, lowering your bills, protecting your investment and creating an overall safe and more comfortable atmosphere? Call Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today and schedule an initial estimate with one of our insulation experts!

7 Questions to Help You Choose Your Crawl Space Expert

When searching for someone to insulate your crawl space, it’s not uncommon to encounter quite a few “crawl space specialists”. They claim to be the most knowledgeable resource for the task, and coincidentally boast the highest prices.

Scratch the surface of many of these “specialists” however, and you’ll find that some take unacceptable shortcuts and use substandard materials. Do your research. If you know the right questions to ask and the right qualifications to seek, you can actually end up with a better product at a better price.

Here are some basic questions that can help you determine if you are selecting the best provider for your crawl space treatment:

1. Will you remove all of the existing insulation and trash? The correct answer is yes, all of the trash and existing insulation must be removed. If any is left behind, it could promote mold growth or puncture the vapor barrier.

2. What thickness of vapor barrier will you install? The answer should be a minimum of 12 ML and it should be reinforced.

3. How do you handle seams in the crawl space? The provider should explain to you that they will properly tape the seams to ensure that the space is 100% sealed. Air infiltration can cause moisture and mold growth and taping the seams helps prevent this. This process is time consuming, and is a potential short cut that should concern you.

4. How will you prepare the foundation wall? A combination of closed cell spray foam needs to be applied to the exterior foundation wall.

5. How will you address the access to my crawl space? The door to your crawl space needs to be insulated and weather-stripped for an airtight seal.

6. What will happen to my existing foundation vents? The existing foundation vents should be sealed from the inside.

7. How do you condition the crawl space? If there is existing duct work, the crawl space will be pressurized from the inside with a small register to dump air.

Invest your time in some basic research into the process of insulating your crawl space and be familiar with the procedures as well as the questions that distinguish a professional from someone with fewer qualifications. Your study time will be rewarded with better choices, better services and a better finished product.

Of course, you can always start by calling Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. Our friendly experts will guide you through everything you need to know! Start your project by calling us at 757-566-4892 or 804-551-0196.