Insulation—which includes insulation materials and air leak prevention, at its core, works to keep the temperature in your home consistent and enhance the performance of HVAC systems. For many, it can be helpful to think of weatherization as a series of elements working together to form an ‘envelope’—including the insulation of walls, basement, attic, and the openings surrounding your windows/doors. Proper insulation of the ductwork in your home is also an important element to consider.
A professional evaluation of these components is a crucial element in your home energy transition journey, especially in older homes. The good news is - many utility and state/local programs provide incentives or full payment for professional weatherization assessments—and Gridly can help you find the program that works best in your area.
Windows and doors can be the lynchpins of home weatherization efforts. There’s quite a range of home windows - from no insulation to high-tech triple-pane windows with incredible insulation attributes. Aged windows and doors can have gaps between the frame and the wall that allow for unwanted air infiltration or heat loss. Or it could be as simple as older weatherstripping that needs an easy update. With that in mind, it’s important that you have right-fit windows and doors within your home that are properly sealed and working to help establish efficient energy flow with minimal loss.