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Weatherizing: Use & Care
Use & Care
Weatherizing your home can be a do-it-yourself task, but be sure to consult a reliable manual and understand the concepts and steps before starting. You can also hire a knowledgeable contractor for the job. Each year, periodically check to see if caulking or weather stripping should be replaced.
Take It From the Top
Before insulating, it’s best to begin weatherizing the attic and basement, where increased pressure causes leakage. Then, seal doors and windows. While all seams and possible leakage areas should be inspected, weatherizing the attic, doors, windows, and basement usually leads to the most significant results.
After weatherizing, you can enjoy results with little maintenance. Each year, periodically check to see if caulking or weather stripping should be replaced. With costs typically ranging from $100 to $600, fully weatherizing your home is one of the most cost-effective energy efficiency improvements you can make.1
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1Archambault, T., Wang, K., & Yardi, R. (2004). Home Energy Briefs, #1 Building Envelope. Snowmass, CO: Rocky Mountain Institute. Retrieved September 27, 2012, from http://www.rmi.org/pid217. (p. 5).
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