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Weatherization: Do These 3 Things and You Can Relax This Winter

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Weatherization, also known as weatherproofing, will help protect your home from dropping temperatures, wind, rain and snow. It will also help reduce the amount of energy you use, thereby increasing energy efficiency.

Did you know that buildings in the United States account for one-third of energy that is consumed, which contributes to pollution and climate change? The energy consumption of these buildings is responsible for about 49 percent of sulfur dioxide, among other pollutants, being emitted into the air. Through processes like the energy audit we mentioned in a previous blog, along with these weatherization tips, you can help reduce the energy use in your home. If everyone does their part, we could bring down emissions substantially across the U.S.

What You Need to Know about Weatherization

While insulation reduces conductive heat flow, weatherization is about reducing convective heat flow. This means that it will help reduce the flow of energy from a colder environment to the warmer interior of your home.

There are three major ways to weatherize your home:

  1. Seal It. If you’ve been following our blog, you know that cracks, gaps and holes can account for 30 percent of heat escaping from your home. So seal up any area where air might escape. Some of the major culprits include doors and windows, pipes and wiring, not to mention air ducts. In fact, did you know that air ducts may be responsible for 20 percent of your home’s heat loss? Sealing up vulnerable spots could result in reducing your energy bills by 50 to 75 percent!
  2. Protect It. Freezing and corrosion of pipes can create holes where air will escape. You have to insulate them. Also make sure there is plenty of ventilation in areas like attics. Ventilation helps protect your home from condensation build-up.
  3. Install It. Apply more effective insulation in walls, ceilings, floors, and near the foundation. Install storm windows and doors, especially if they’re very old and came with your house, if it was built many years ago. You could save a lot of money while preventing drafts just by replacing doors and windows. Also, if necessary, consider installing a downward-sloping grade around your foundation to direct storm water run-off away from your home. This will reduce the risk of flooding and moisture build-up, particularly in the basement.

Contact the professionals at Superior Insulation Company, and we’ll work with you to make your home even more energy efficient. We also have diagnostic testing tools to help identify problem areas that you may not know about.

Now that the colder months have arrived, it’s time to get your home ready—for comfort AND for your energy bills. If you have questions about how to insulate your home properly, keep checking our blog for more tips. When you’re ready to have insulation installed, contact the professionals at Superior Insulation Company for a consultation today.

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