20 Jul The long-term impact of air leakage testing on new construction homes
Indiana Energy Code Chapter 11 requires all new construction homes have mechanical ventilation and undergo testing for air-tightness. Air leakage testing is an effective way to determine if your build meets code — but did you know the impacts of this test go far beyond that final inspection?
The building envelope creates a barrier between the home’s interior environment and the environment outside. Air leakage testing evaluates the integrity of your building envelope to ensure optimal energy performance, durability, and comfort once the new owners move in.
At TSI Energy Solutions, we specialize in residential air leakage testing for new construction homes. Here’s what you need to know about the long-term impact of air leakage testing and how it contributes to the overall quality and efficiency of homes.
Enhanced indoor comfort
A properly sealed home is a comfortable home. An effective air barrier system enhances indoor comfort by minimizing drafts and temperature fluctuations, allowing homeowners to enjoy consistent and comfortable indoor temperatures year-round.
When the home is comfortable, you’re less likely to get warranty calls when the seasons change. Plus, a well-sealed home helps to reduce outdoor pollutants, allergens, and dust, improving indoor air quality and creating a healthier living environment for occupants.
Better energy efficiency
A properly designed and installed air barrier system prevents air leakage, keeping conditioned air in and outdoor air out. Doing air barrier testing during construction makes it easier to identify and fix any air leaks promptly.
Fewer air leaks means improved energy efficiency. The home’s heating and cooling systems can operate more effectively, and homeowners enjoy lower utility bills as long as they live there.
Moisture and mold issue prevention
Air leakage testing not only ensures energy efficiency, but also helps to prevent moisture-related problems. Air leaks can let moisture into the building envelope, leading to condensation, mold growth, and structural damage over time.
Thorough air leakage testing during construction can identify potential weak points and areas prone to moisture infiltration. Correcting these issues early on mitigates the risk of long-term damage and the associated costs of remediation and repairs.
Long-term durability and structural integrity
A well-sealed building envelope is essential to the overall durability and structural integrity of a home. Testing helps identify any areas that might compromise the integrity of the building envelope, and addressing these issues ensures the home is built to withstand the elements.
Identifying and preventing air and moisture infiltration with air leakage testing helps protect the home’s structural components. Insulation, framing, and sheathing are better protected from premature deterioration, effectively extending the durability of your new construction home.
Air leakage testing during the construction process isn’t just a box to check. It has a significant long-term impact on energy efficiency, indoor comfort, and overall durability.
Invest in high-quality air barrier systems and conduct thorough testing to build homes that are more sustainable, cost-effective, and comfortable for homeowners. Partner with TSI Energy Solutions for your residential inspection needs, and start providing long-lasting, high-performance homes for generations to come.