leakage, or infiltration, occurs when outside air enters a house uncontrollably
through cracks and openings. Proper air sealing such cracks and openings
in your home can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs, improve
building durability, and create a healthier indoor environment.
It is unwise to rely on air leakage for ventilation because it can't be
controlled. During cold or windy weather, too much air may enter the house.
When it's warmer and less windy, not enough air may enter. Air infiltration
also can contribute to problems with moisture control. Moldy and dusty
air can enter a leaky house through such areas as attics or foundations.
This air in the house could cause health problems.
The recommended strategy in both new and old homes is to reduce air leakage
as much as possible and to provide controlled ventilation as needed.
Air sealing is one of the most significant energy efficiency improvements
you can make to your home. Air sealing will not just reduce energy costs;
it will also improve your home's comfort and durability.
Before air sealing, you should first do the following:
Detect air leaks and Asses your ventilation needs for indoor air quality
You can then apply air sealing techniques and materials as needed, including
caulk and weather stripping
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