Weatherization is the process of protecting your home from the elements, including rain and the temperature extremes of the seasons. Consider the fact that no matter what you do, your house will lose heat during the winter and gain heat in the summer. This process is called heat transfer. One of the main goals of home weatherization is to slow down heat transfer.
Reduced Energy Costs
The faster your home loses its heat or gains it, the more you will spend on energy. This is important since heating and cooling make up about 48% of the average homeowner’s energy spending. For example, working AC is important for comfort during the summer; however, your unit will waste energy and money if you do not take appropriate measures to weatherize your home. Note that heating and cooling represent the largest energy expense in most homes.
Reduced Maintenance Costs
A poorly weatherized home needs more heating and cooling. This means that the HVAC system will have to work harder to keep it at a comfortable temperature. Having your home weatherized by an Austin HVAC professional keeps your HVAC equipment from working too hard and breaking down as a result.
Reduced Environmental Footprint
Weatherizing your home reduces its energy demands, which means that you reduce the amount of pollution that results from energy consumption. In addition, you also lower your home’s carbon dioxide output considerably. Experts have cited carbon dioxide as a probable factor in global environmental problems.
With the help of an Austin HVAC professional, anyone can weatherize their home. Below is a look at various methods of weatherization along with how they affect your home.
Insulation is easily the most important factor when it comes to home weatherization and improving your home’s energy efficiency. When you insulate your home, you start at the top. In other words, your attic should be the first place that you insulate. Proper insulation in the attic can improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs by as much as 30 percent.
Insulation in your exterior walls is also important. Properly insulated walls can help to lower your energy costs by up to 20%.
You should also consider insulating your floors and your ducts. Properly insulated floors enable you to save roughly 8% of your energy costs while insufficiently insulated ductwork can result in you losing up to 30% of the energy used to heat your home.
When insulating your home, R-value is an important consideration. You use R-value to measure how well insulation resists heat transfer. The insulation in most homes should have an R-value of at least R-30. Older homes and homes in colder climate zones may need R-38 insulation.
Weather stripping is another important part of home weatherization. Up to 12 % of heat transfer can occur because of gaps around your windows and doors. To solve this problem, you will want to have weather stripping installed. There are different kinds of weather stripping including threshold weather stripping for your doors. There is also vinyl gasket weather stripping, which is useful for sealing up doors or windows. An Austin AC repair and weatherization specialist can install vinyl gasket weather stripping by either stapling or nailing it into place.
You can use caulking to seal up the cracks and joints. Caulking can limit heat transfer and keep moisture from entering your home. Good places to install caulking include the areas around windows and doorframes. It is also a good idea to install caulking where your siding meets your foundation.
Ensuring that your home can stand up to the ravages of the seasons is difficult if you have no experience with weatherization. Our Austin AC repair and weatherization services can get your home ready for the worst that winter and summer can throw at it.
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