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The Downside of Air Sealing: Sealing in Toxic Chemicals?

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by Cambria Bold (editorial@apartmenttherapy.com) last modified Jun 21, 2011

We advocate air sealing as one of the most cost effective ways to increase energy efficiency. But a recent report from FOX News states that by making buildings more airtight, building owners increas




 

 

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We advocate air sealing as one of the most cost effective ways to increase energy efficiency. But a recent report from FOX News states that by making buildings more airtight, building owners increase "indoor-air contaminant concentrations and indoor-air humidity," and "stir up hazardous material ranging from asbestos to harmful caulking." Now, before you praise or dismiss FOX's news credentials, it's worth noting that even TreeHugger argued there's some validity to this concern: while air sealing will save you money and increase your energy efficiency, could it also adversely affect your health?



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