Baby, it’s hot outside!

And air conditioners are running on high.

Do you still feel the heat? Have you had your HVAC systems checked and all is well? It just may be a problem of air leakage from places you could never imagine. What do we mean by air leakage? No matter how old or how new your building is, there are penetrations that you can see and some that you cannot. These leaks can affect comfort when it is hot or cold outside, and they have a huge impact on your indoor air quality and therefore your health all year round.

“Everything is Connected,” as we say at Better Building Works. If you have air leakage from bad places in your home like crawlspaces and attics (most of us do), then you have poor indoor air quality. If your indoor air quality is poor, your cognitive functioning may also be poor. Several studies (one recently from Harvard University) show the correlation between cognitive functioning and indoor air quality. Have you ever felt “foggy” and tired during the day and found that a short walk around the block in fresh air helps? That’s what we are talking about!

Fact is: we spend 90% of our time inside our buildings. No matter if it is in our homes, our offices, gyms, hospitals, retirement communities, schools, and the like, we are inside, breathing the air that is being filtered through the air systems. What if there are leaky ducts, pulling unhealthy air and particulates into our buildings? Leaky ducts will carry this bad air farther through the duct system and therefore, throughout the building. Think about asthmatics, our elderly parents, our kids in school – they can all have improved health, critical thinking and reasoning skills just by being sure our buildings are sealed tight and ventilated right.

Any “one size fits all” solution is not a solution. Your building is different from any other building, we get that! We use science and technology to find the right solution for your building. Using a blower door test and an infra-red camera, we can not only find a leakage problem, we can show you where the air is swooping in, and how to fix it cost-effectively. Call us!


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