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Minimizing Air Leaks In Your Home

Air leaks are a common problem that most of us may not realize can have substantial effects on our homes. I

n order to adequately prevent them, it is important to understand why they happen in the first place and the amount of damage they can cause if not fixed properly. 

What causes air leaks in our homes? 

Before understanding why air leaks happen, you should familiarize yourself with the thermal envelope your home provides. A thermal envelope is a physical barrier that separates the home from the outside, unconditioned environment. 

It consists of the foundation, roof, walls, doors, and windows of your home. 

Sometimes, unconditioned air from the outside can seep into your home, and air leaks can occur. 

Air leaks often come from the cracks and openings inside windows and doors. Air can also leak through electrical outlets, floorboards, attic hatches, vents, and fans.

Not only will air leaks make your home uncomfortably cold but they will also: 

  • Increase your energy bills.
  • Allow allergens to enter your home.
  • Lead to moisture build-up that can affect your home structure’s durability.
  • Cause condensation and mold.

It is important to stay on top of air leaks to keep them from doing too much damage to your home.

air leaks getting into home

How to Minimize Air Leaks In Your Home

You can reduce the risk of air leaks occurring by: 

  • Adding weatherstrips and caulking doors and windows that leak air.
  • Insulating your attic.
  • Hiring an energy assessor to test your home on its air tightness.

Our experts at Radiation & Drywall know how to tackle air leaks in your home starting at the source. Call us today at (631)-924-0500 for a free consultation.

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