Air Leaks In Your Building Are Costing You Money
Air leaks can occur everywhere. Around your windows. Around the doors. Through the walls.
And every air leak causes your building to lose valuable energy. It also puts unnecessary burden on your entire HVAC system.
And when all of this occurs, it starts impacting your air quality. That means everyone on the inside isn’t breathing the best air quality. It can make them sick, which makes employee production go down.
Think your building is at risk? Even the newest, most highly performing buildings can let air in.
How is air getting in?
No matter how well your building was built, it’s a moving, breathing entity that changes all the time. On any given day, one side is cold while the other side is warm. In order to compensate for this, the HVAC system kicks into gear, feeding heated or cooled air to keep the temperature throughout the building a constant.
All of this movement puts a strain on the entire structure. Slowly, over time, gaps form. And your building’s envelope has been broken.
An inefficient building envelope can lead to many things. It can cause your entire HVAC system to not operate up to manufacturers standards. It can also severely impact indoor air quality. Although every building needs some outside air to operate correctly, too much air can lead to problems, such as moisture in the air. If hot, humid air enters through these gaps and leaks and comes in contact with cooled surfaces, it creates condensation on the walls. And if condensation accumulates for any length of time, biological growth can take over.
How do you control leaks?
The first step is to consistently be on the lookout for problem areas. Pay close attention to windows and doors. Watch the entry points and how well HVAC systems operate. Update caulking and weather-stripping on a regular basis. Schedule regular maintenance visits with a reputable HVAC contractor. All of this will help assess the potential problems and fix them before they have a chance to grow.
You should also pay attention the construction of the building, especially as changes to the building occur over time. Air barrier systems can be put into place to provide lasting protection against movement and leakage. You can also work to upgrade the systems in your building to the most energy efficient on the market. This includes lighting, plumbing, electrical, and your heating and cooling systems.
Any energy upgrade is a step in increasing efficiency. And an easy way to save you money over time.
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