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What’s The Difference Between Weatherization And Insulation?
Although they are complementary, and often go hand-in-hand, weatherization and insulation are quite different. Insulation is a series of measures designed to prevent heat from escaping from your home in the wintertime, or entering into it in the summer. Weatherization, on the other hand, is the process of protecting a building against the elements of the weather, such as wind, sunlight, and rainfall.
To put it into high school physics terms, insulation helps prevent heat loss through conduction, whereas weatherization prevents heat loss through convection. Conduction is the transfer of heat through an object. For example, a wall becomes cool from the air outside and therefore cools the air inside. Insulation helps to prevent the wall from cooling the surrounding air. Convection heat transfer, on the other hand is heat transferred through the air, such as a cold draft. Weatherization has, as one of its main objectives, blocking all drafts from entering the home.
The process also effectively optimizes energy efficiency. The result is significant savings in energy costs and a far lesser impact on the environment.
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The North Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program
The energy savings to be gained from weatherization is so great that an assistance program administered by the North Carolina energy office and funded by the US Department of energy and the federal recovery act was introduced to assist low income households implement these changes in their homes. To date, the average annual savings for households that have benefitted from this program has been approximately $173.
An energy audit is conducted in homesteader deemed eligible and diagnostic tests are run it to determine heat loss, air infiltration, carbon monoxide levels, and to identify the best means of energy conservation, health, and safety measures. The program prioritizes the elderly, disabled citizens and families with children.
The program aims to improve energy efficiency and educate the public about energy usage. It is available for single-family homes, apartments, condominiums, and mobile homes. The friendly consultants at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning can provide you with more information about the Durham, North Carolina weatherization assistance program and how to apply for it.
Whether you are eligible for the North Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program or not, weatherizing your home or office will doubtlessly result in significant energy savings. For more information and to book a consultation, call the Durham weatherization services experts at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning at (919) 321-9985 today.