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November 21, 2014

Sealing Air Leaks for Energy Savings


Reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of your facility is a cost-effective way to cut heating costs this winter; or cooling costs in the summer. As well as create a healthier indoor environment for your tenants or customers.

Air leakage is the single largest source of wasted energy and indoor air quality problems within a building system. Typical signs to look out for include:

  1. Excessive energy consumption
  2. Condensation, moisture, mildew and/or mold
  3. Transfer of interior and exterior odors
  4. Insect and/or animal infestations
  5. Inefficient/costly mechanical systems operations
  6. Premature deterioration of building components

Weather-stripping is an effective method to prevent air leakage at industrial facilities. Examples are as follows:

  • Jamb Seal (see photo) at overhead doors.
  • Side Brush Weather-stripping at dock levelers.
  • Bottom Sweeps at entrance doors.

To seal panel joints (see photo) Vulkem 116 is an excellent general-purpose sealant designed for use on poured and precast concrete, masonry work, window and door perimeters.

If air leakage is an issue your facility faces, contact Continuum Services at 248.286.5200 or e-mail us at info@continuumservices.com.