Posting Date: September 28, 2017
Posted by: Rusty Herd, Branch Manager of Georgetown, TX
Would you leave a window wide open during the summer with the AC on, or the door open during the winter with your heating system cranking?
That’s basically what you’re doing if you don’t weatherize your home.
It’s true – the average American home leaks an amount of air equivalent to a four-foot hole in an exterior wall through spaces around windows and doors, and via walls due to inadequate insulation.
That’s why weatherization is, dollar for dollar, one of the best investments you can make in your home – especially when that investment is combined with installing high efficiency heating and cooling equipment.
In this first of a two-part post, we’ll talk about some of the benefits of weatherizing; in Part 2, we’ll talk about some of the best weatherization measures.
The key benefits of weatherizing your home
- Smaller bills – Proper use of weatherization measures can cut the energy you need to heat and cool your house by 20 percent or more. They’ll keep hot air out and cool air in during the summer and do the reverse in winter, saving money and wear and tear on your air conditioner, heat pump, and furnace.
- Fewer repairs – A well-insulated home puts less pressure on your heating and cooling systems to do their jobs. That means fewer repairs in the long run – especially if you maintain your equipment properly.
- Greater comfort – Weatherization measures limit drafts, stabilize temperatures, and control humidity, making your home more comfortable in every season.
- Fewer pests – Pests get through the same cracks and openings that let air enter your home. Closing those cracks gives them less of a chance to find their way inside.
- Reduced emissions – Because your appliances use less energy, they’ll cut down on green house gas emissions.
- More peace and quiet – Insulation deadens unwanted sounds from outside – or from the kids upstairs.
The bottom line: weatherization helps you and the planet. In Part Two, we’ll discuss some of the best ways to weatherize your home – stay tuned!
Looking for more ways to save energy? Contact us today for expert advice on high-efficiency upgrades for your home comfort equipment!