Good Advice For Any Season
Start with a Home Energy Audit
The first step to weatherizing your home is knowing where your home is wasting energy. A home energy audit is an overall assessment of how energy is used and where improvements can be made. Hiring a professional contractor with Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification, software tools and the knowledge and expertise will save you money and time.
This is what Home Energy Solutions of Wisconsin does best.
Air sealing, adding insulation and properly ventilating equipment is what 90% of our customers need most. Our weatherization solutions include:
- Sealing around doors and windows
- Improving the home’s building envelope
- Filling holes and cracks between the attic and ceiling
- Sealing up leaky ducts
- Adding insulation to the attic, walls, and basement/crawlspace
- Inspecting and adding ventilation around the home
Do-It-Yourself Weatherization Tips
- Air Filters: Clean and replace air filters can make a significant difference in the efficiency of your HVAC system. During high usage periods it is best to freshen up filters once a month.
- Outlets and Switches: Prevent cooled air from leaking into the walls and wasting energy by installing foam sealers. Simply remove the outlet cover and insert these specialized sealers.
- Windows: Any time a window is broken it should be replaced. It is not only an energy efficiency issues, it is a safety hazard. A new window prevents air from leaking out of cracks and wasting money.
- Weather-stripping: Adding or replacing weather-stripping around doors and windows will save energy. Foam weather-stripping comes in various sizes with an adhesive backing on one side. It can be purchased at any home improvement store and easy to install.