As a parent or carer of someone who suffers from asthma, allergies or other debilitating respiratory conditions, you will have left no stone unturned in your quest to relieve their suffering. So when you hear of anything that can improve the quality of the life of a loved one, you are willing to listen. What if you were to learn that there was a relatively cheap and straightforward assessment and retrofit that your home could undergo, in under a day, that may deliver long-term relief to respiratory illness sufferers. Would you act on it? Well, there is; it’s called draft proofing. Draught proofing is standard in many countries around the world but is a relatively new concept in Australia. Draft proofing begins with an assessment of your home’s building envelope air leakage and finishes with a retrofit by qualified technicians.
Think of your home’s building envelope as the seal between your home and the outside world. If this seal is
Damaged (or not complete), air that carries pollutants such as pollen, dust and moisture can infiltrate your home. At the same time the air that you have paid to heat and cool, leaks outside, or hot and cold air leaks inside. One of the impacts of this air leakage is that the air quality inside your home is not as it should be. You end up with drafts and areas in your house that are almost too cold or hot to inhabit. Many parents complain that their children’s rooms are too cold in winter, so overcompensate by overheating other areas of their homes. The same is true of summer months, where air conditioning systems are forced to work twice as hard to compensate for hot zones in homes. These problems are often traced back to air leakage.
By draft proofing your home, your whole family will notice a difference immediately, and family members who are suffering from asthma, allergies or other debilitating respiratory conditions might just find some of the relief they are seeking.