When winter begins to fade, thoughts of warm days and green grass are welcome. If you suffer from allergies, spring brings many symptoms that can make the season hard to bear.
If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, air sealing your home is one way to keep pollen, dust and other irritants out of your home (not to mention it can make your home more comfortable).
A home’s envelope has many penetration points that allow air to enter and exit the home. These penetration points can be around areas like duct work and chimney chases and exist between building materials (studs, framing, etc.). As a home naturally breathes, outside air is drawn into the home’s interior. This natural process draws outside pollen, dust and other irritants into your home’s inside air.
Sealing air leaks helps keep outside air and pollutants from entering your home. In addition to reducing interior allergens, air sealing your home has other benefits:
- More comfortable living environment. Air infiltration can contribute to problems with moisture, dust, and the entry of pests. Sealing air leaks can help maintain your indoor comfort.
- Reduced energy bills. Sealing air leaks keeps conditioned air inside your home. This means your HVAC system will do less work to maintain your home’s internal temperature, which can reduce your energy bills.
- Quieter home. Air leaks also allow outside noise to infiltrate your home. Sealing these leaks helps keep out noise and results in a quieter home.