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Weatherization Basics

Too Cold in Winter? Too Hot in Summer? There's a Solution!
 
If your home is too cold during the winter or too hot during the summer, it may be time to explore weatherization. Learn how weatherization can help make your home more comfortable and save you money.

What is Weatherization?

Weatherization is the process of making your home better protected against the effects of changing weather. 

Weatherizing a home involves:

  • Sealing air leaks and eliminating drafts
  • Adding insulation
  • Repairing or replacing ductwork

All of these actions serve to improve your home’s performance, making it more energy efficient – which makes your home a smart energy home. Plus, it can help you save money on your energy bills.

What are Some of the Benefits of Weatherization?

It optimizes your HVAC system’s performance...

Undetected air leaks and drafts, inadequate insulation, or worn out ductwork sealing can cause HVAC systems to use more energy without doing much to increase the comfort of your home. And, if your HVAC system is outdated (i.e., hasn’t been replaced or repaired within the last seven years or so), it may be producing warm or cool air inefficiently. Thus, by the time the air reaches the vents, it may be several degrees off from the starting temperature. By implementing weatherization techniques, your HVAC’s performance is improved.

It makes your home comfortable....

When your home is properly weatherized, drafts are virtually eliminated. You will notice the temperature you set your thermostat to is maintained more easily. And, if you incorporate insulation along with air sealing, there will be a denser layer between you and the sounds outside. That may result in a quieter home.

It results in a cleaner home...

Weatherization keeps the outside from coming in to your home. That includes pollen, dust and other allergens. It also reduces the chance for mold build up. The temperature around the inside perimeter fluctuates less in a weatherized home, resulting in less moisture build up during the summer and winter. The result? Cleaner, healthier air.

It helps the environment…

When your home’s energy performance is improved, the consumption of water, electricity, and fossil fuels (i.e., natural gas, coal, and oil) are reduced. Thus, greenhouse emissions – which contribute to climate change – decrease as well. By weatherizing your home, you are helping the environment.

How to Get Started

The first step to getting your home weatherized, entails having a home energy assessment and an in-home energy service performed through our Home Energy SolutionsSM programs. The utility-approved technicians will come to your home and evaluate its energy performance. The trained and certified technicians will provide air sealing and duct sealing, as applicable, to weatherize your home.

They will conduct important safety tests on equipment, such as your boiler and furnace. And, they will provide recommendations for deeper energy-saving measures, as needed, such as Wi-Fi thermostats, insulation, high-efficiency heating and cooling, water heating, windows and appliances. You could save approximately $200 to $250 annually on your energy bills from the services completed during the initial visit alone. If you act on the contractor’s recommendations, your savings increase.

Why not get started now?

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information.

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