Air leaks are unintentional openings in your home that let cool, conditioned air escape your property. Conditioned air is the air that keeps your property comfortable, this is also what you pay for to heat and cool your home. The more conditioned air that escapes your home, the more likely you are to feel uncomfortable, and the more likely you are to have higher energy bills.
Air sealing and indoor air quality provide peculiar challenges. We understand that if a home has too many air leaks, the more uncomfortable it will feel, and the home will be very expensive to heat and cool. On the other hand, if a home is sealed too tightly without ample provision for fresh air ventilation, then the home will be even more susceptible to indoor air quality issues. Our goal is to have the perfect combination of both, given our customers budget and the realities of each unique building, to find the ideal level of airtightness.
Once the balance has been achieved, we can get the optimal level of comfort, efficiency and indoor air quality.
There are three strategies we adopt when performing air sealing that help ensure that we don’t compromise indoor air quality. The first issue to address, is to check for any indoor air quality problems, when beginning any kind of work. For example, if there is a homeowner who's habit is to burn pumpkin-spice scented candles, we will refuse to do any air sealing work until the candles have been extinguished.
The American Lung Association’s Health House project highly recommends that a home should be “built tight and ventilated right.” So, if our goal is to install a fresh air ventilation system in a house, then we seal the house as tightly as we possibly can.
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But if we know ahead of time that a customer is not really interested in investing in a fresh air ventilation system, our trained professionals stop the air sealing process when we reach an airtightness target known as the minimum ventilation rate (MVR). The MVR lets our trained professionals know that they have reached the airtightness goal for the specific house. If we sealed past the MVR, then we run the risk of solving one problem for our customer but in the process creating another.
To conclude, it makes absolutely no sense to spend good money to condition air only to have it escape immediately. The air barrier rebate you get for air sealing is great value, and over the years we have seen plenty of attics that have been reinsulated without any concern for the air barrier. At Taylor Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, we believe that energy conservation work should always begin with an audit.
The key to improving the efficiency and indoor air quality of your home is having a competent auditor who will strike the right balance between building airtightness and indoor air quality, and come out to your home to perform a proper audit.
For more than 60 years, we, at Taylor Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, have been providing the best home comfort systems to homes located in the surrounding areas of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville, St. Johns, Palm Coast and most other areas in Northeast Florida. Being comfortable in your home or business is what we strive for. If you wish to experience excellent home living with our high-quality heating and air conditioning systems, and services, give us a call at: 904-289-2355 or visit our contact us page.