With over a kilometre of cracks in your home, reducing air leaks can be a trick to say the least.
Cracks in homes are often located where you have different building materials coming together. As a result, there are a number of things you need to check such as around windows / doors, receptacles / light switches, where the bottoms of walls meet the floors, and penetrations to the exterior of the home, etc. Air leaks also occur at bathroom exhaust fans, kitchen range hood vents, clothes dryer vents, openings around plumbing pipes / utility lines, and cracks in foundation walls to mention but a few.
Sealing up these cracks and openings in your house is beneficial in reducing air infiltration and include:
- reduced energy use
- improved comfort
- health & building durability
- in winter, less cold outdoor air would replace heated air, reducing drafts and cold areas
- in summer, more hot, humid air would be kept out of the house
- pollen, dust
- possible radon entry can be reduced
If you’ve not taken steps to reduce air leaks or are unaware if you have any air infiltration, consult a professional to assist you.