4 Ways to Seal Out Maryland Allergens

In Berlin, Maryland, allergens can be a problem in any season, affecting your home’s indoor air quality. Even when weeds and blossoms fade away, dust, mold, and mildew threaten. Protect your home from intrusive outdoor allergens by caulking, weatherstripping, and sealing your attic and chimney.

Caulk the Cracks

Any place your home has cracks or gaps, air and allergens can seep through. Examine the trim around windows and doors for potential leaks and seal around non-moving parts with caulk. You can use caulk for gaps around electrical boxes and trim as well.

Add Weather Stripping

Weatherstripping adds an extra layer of protection around moving parts of the home, such as windows and doors. Weatherstripping may last for a few years depending on the material and design, but this approach is not a one-time solution.

If you have existing weatherstripping, check it for cracks and other damage and replace as needed. Don’t forget to place weatherstripping around lesser used doors, including the hatch door to your attic.

Seal the Attic

While insulation will prevent heat loss in the attic, you may need to seal the area more thoroughly to keep out allergens. Look for areas of dirty insulation in your attic. Dirt deposits can lead to air leak sites.

Seal the Chimney

Your building code mandates a gap between wood framing and your chimney flue. Seal the space with aluminum flashing and high-temperature silicone caulk for a better seal. If you don’t use your fireplace, insert a chimney balloon that will mold to the open space and effectively seal off the entire chimney.

For help with sealing your home, increasing energy efficiency, and maximizing your home’s performance, contact our Custom Mechanical service professionals at 877-696-0808. We can help you find solutions for your family’s comfort and health in any space.

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