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Tips & Tricks For
Building Envelope Improvement
Air leakage accounts for between 25% and 40% of the energy used for heating and cooling in a typical residence. This leakage of air decreases the comfort of a residence by allowing moisture, cold drafts, and unwanted noise to enter and may lower indoor air quality by allowing in dust and airborne pollutants.
Air sealing the building envelope is one of the most critical features of an energy efficient home. Air sealing the building envelope can provide many benefits including:
- Improved Comfort
- Improved Indoor Air Quality
- Increased Quality
- Lower Utility Bills
- Fewer Condensation Problems
- Reduced Obsolescence
- Improved Resale Position
Once a house is tightly sealed, you will want to make sure there is adequate fresh air for ventilation. It is better to use controlled or active ventilation than to rely on air leakage.
Check out the EPA DIY Guide to Sealing & Insulation by clicking the image below!
Source: Unites States Environmental Protection Agency. Air and Radiation. December 2000.
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