Posted: April 28, 2017
Did you know that the amount of air that leaks from an average American home is about equal to having a four-foot hole in an exterior wall?
Properly insulating and weatherizing to minimize air leaks in the “envelope” of your house are two of the best dollar-for-dollar investments you can make for your home. Here are five key benefits of weatherizing and insulating:
- Lower bills – Combined with proper insulation, installing simple, inexpensive weatherization measures like door sweeps, caulking, and weatherstripping can have a surprising impact on your cooling and heating bills, reducing each by 10 percent or more.
- Fewer repairs – By keeping hot air out and cool air in during the summer – and reversing that process during the winter – your air conditioner and furnace or boiler won’t have to overwork to get their job done. That means fewer repairs in the long run – especially if you maintain your A/C or heating equipment properly.
- Greater comfort – By limiting drafts and minimizing temperature swings, weatherizing makes your home more comfortable in every season.
- Fewer unwanted “guests” – Sealing the cracks and openings that let in air also blocks insects and other critters from entering your space.
- A smaller carbon footprint – Using less energy means consuming less fuel – which cuts down green house gas emissions.
When combined with installing high-efficiency home heating and cooling equipment, these measures will help you keep energy costs down while helping you live more comfortable all year long.