Why Home Weatherization Is Essential for Winter and Summer Months

Whether you live in a region that experiences extreme heat in the summer or extreme cold in the winter, or you happen to be in a climate that has both in turn, you’ve likely discovered an unfortunate side effect. When you crank up the heat or AC to combat the temperatures outdoors, you probably end up with an astronomical energy bill as a result. And the worst part is that you could be paying an arm and a leg for heating or cooling and still experiencing drafts, some rooms that don’t seem to adjust no matter how much air you pump out, and general discomfort all around, despite your best efforts to adequately heat or cool your interior. Luckily, there is a relatively easy solution to consider: home weatherization. Here are a few reasons why it’s a good idea for your structure.

The main reason to weatherize your home seasonally is to keep the hot or cold air from the outdoors at bay. During the winter, the wood of your doors, windows, and frames is a primary concern because wood tends to shrink when temperatures and humidity drop. The result could be gaps where cold air leaks in and your bought air gets out. If you don’t want to deal with drafts or pay to heat the outside, adding weather stripping, storm windows, and even additional insulation is essential to keeping cold air out and warm air in.

As for summer weather conditions, you’re going to face another issue entirely. When wooden surfaces begin to swell in the summer heat and humidity, you’ll likely have to remove or reduce weather stripping around windows and doors in order to close them properly. The major problem that is likely to occur, though, is heat entering through the windows. Even when they’re closed they’re still a conduit for sunlight. And unless you want to live with a dark home interior due to constantly closed drapes, you’ll have to find another solution.

One great weatherization option is to apply energy film to windows. It is said to block as much as 90% of the sun’s heat-producing rays. And the cling-film substance can generally be stuck on during the summer and removed during the winter (when any available sunlight can help with heating your home). You may even be able to re-stick it the following summer.

But in addition to being able to better regulate your interior temperature with weatherization, the process also stands to increase the energy efficiency of your home. When less outdoor air is getting in and less indoor air is getting out, you can decrease the demand on your HVAC system, lowering your energy consumption and your utility bills in the process. Unfortunately, sealing up your home can have unintended side effects for your indoor air quality if you don’t have proper ventilation in place.

This is where the benefits of home air cleaners can be felt, whether you use portable air purifiers, a whole-home filtration system that attaches to your HVAC, or other products. Any time you elect to weatherize your home, you’re going to increase comfort and energy efficiency. You just have to make sure you take steps to maintain superior air quality in the meantime.

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  2. How Winterizing Your Home Can Save You Energy Dollars
  3. Energy Saving Window Treatment Benefits for Homeowners
  4. How Sealing and Insulation Can Save You Energy Dollars at Home
  5. Natural Home Ventilation Tips for Healthy Indoor Air
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