Air Quality: Keep the Clean Air Inside

Air Quality: Keep the Good Air In

Air leakage allows heated or air-conditioned air to escape from your home and too much outdoor air to enter your home.  Reducing the amount of air leaks will not only save you money on your utility bills, but it will keep your family more comfortable and make your indoor air quality healthier too!

Two easy ways to improve air leakage in your home are by using caulk in cracks and around window and door frames and by installing weatherstripping on door bottoms and thresholds.  When choosing weatherstripping, make sure it will withstand the wear and tear of its location.  It should also seal well but still allow the window or door to open and close easily.
Air quality: Caulk should be used to fill cracks that are less than ¼ inch wide between stationery surfaces.  It comes in different strengths and each has different capabilities.  It’s best to apply caulk to a clean, dry surface.  Warmer temperatures and low humidity are important so that the caulk will dry properly and stick well.

Proper ventilation in your home is just as important as sealing the air leaks.  Exhaust fans in the bathrooms and in the kitchen help eliminate some indoor pollutants and water vapor from the air quality.