There is no question that finding the best way to air seal a commercial or residential space will lead to a more comfortable, more efficient, and healthier building in the long run. But what are the benefits of using breakthrough air sealing technology vs other traditional air sealing methods? Whether you’re a builder or architect, or a homeowner building your dream home, here are the things you need to know about AeroBarrier in comparison to other types of air sealing methods and materials.
What Makes AeroBarrier Different Than Other Methods
In the past, air sealing has been a process that relied on a combination of diagnostic testing of a building to find total air leakage, and hand-plugging any holes with an expanding spray foam or caulking. An air sealing contractor finds the total leakage present in the home by performing a blower door test, then goes on the hunt throughout the building’s problematic areas to locate those air holes and apply the air sealing material.
When AeroBerrier is used to air seal a building, the process is slightly different. A Northeast Air Sealing technician will arrive and tape off any areas that are not to be permanently sealed. Then, a blower door fan will be used to pressurize the building, and the AeroBarrier spray heads are turned on inside. Riding the air inside the pressurized space, the aerosolized AeroBarrier sealant material is drawn towards holes and gaps in the building envelope. But unlike the escaping air, AeroBarrier sticks to the opening, adhering to the building material and accumulating until it’s hardened and has completely plugged the gap.
The Benefits of AeroBarrier
The AeroBarrier process does not require a technician to thoroughly inspect each part of the building in order to find each and every tiny gap or crack. With AeroBarrier, air sealing is a one-day installation process so you can get back to work (or into your new home) ASAP.
Achieve a Better Seal
Once the building is pressurized and the emitters are turned on, the entire process is computer controlled. This allows the technician to see changes in ACH and the overall envelope tightness in real time, and leads to a more thorough air seal throughout the entire building. With AeroBarrier, we can promise you will never fail a blower door test again!
Longer Lasting Air Sealing
How long does AeroBarrier last? It is rated to last 50+ years, giving both contractors and occupants peace of mind that their building will lose less energy, accumulate fewer unwanted outdoor air pollutant particles, and be draft-free and comfortable for decades to come.
Uses Non-Toxic Materials
Is AeroBarrier toxic? No! Some other air sealing materials are actually harmful to the environment, and to humans. The gasses from spray foam can be toxic if inhaled before the material hardens. AeroBarrier is water based, and is low in volatile organic compounds, making it a non-toxic material for air sealing.
Trust Northeast Air Sealing with Your New Construction Project
Just like many of the systems installed in a multi-family or single family new construction project, the quality of the installation can matter as much (if not more) than the quality of the product. While AeroBarrier takes care of much of the job on its own, the air sealing experts at Northeast Air Sealing ensure no time is wasted on the job site. Our process is aimed at efficiency and accuracy, so you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other! Plus, as a blower door contractor serving the needs of Concord, NH, northern Massachusetts, and the mid-coast of Maine, we know how to test in and test out to ensure you receive top quality results.