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Improve Comfort With Whole Home Weatherization

Air sealing in attic home weatherization

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Ever awaken in the morning, sneezing or coughing without realizing why?

Homeowners often have a perception that their home will act as an insulator against the outside elements, and homes do protect from many outside intruders, but not all. Homes provide a certain level of comfort and safety for the construction environment in which they are built.

But, the fact is that hot or cold air infiltrates, along with pollens, spores and dirt from outside. These intrusions can adversely affect the health of a household environment, and the occupants.

"We just purchased a full Carrier system (all new) from Estes. Our experience with Estes was TOP NOTCH and nothing but professional, efficient and superb from start to finish" - Courtney McMillan

With Georgia experiencing a greater number of colder winters; longer, hotter summers and more tumultuous storms in recent years, modifying a home's R-value may be one of the most important investments you can make. Insulated attic, wall outlets, sidewalls, floors, and all areas that allow air to move through a home, can change the way you live and the health of those inside.

R-Value

"R" stands for 'resistance to heat flow'.

The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power and all insulation is identified and labeled by R value. The amount of insulation recommend in a home varies depending on:

Geographic Location - Higher R-value of insulation becomes more necessary to provide comfort if you live in climates with extreme conditions. As weather patterns shift, R value becomes more critical.

Age of Home - For homes that are more than 10 years old, insulation retrofits may be necessary to maintain or increase R value and maintain comfort. Homes that have been weatherized require less energy to heat and cool, resulting in lower utility bills and a higher standard of living, but also increases the health of the inside air and comfort levels of the occupants.

The WholeHouse Approach uses advanced diagnostics to examine a home as a complete system. A home is designed to work as a whole unit, but that for energy-efficiency, air infiltration, insulation for every aspect of a house, as a whole unit working together.

Air infiltration and energy drains can be identified in everything from walls and attics, mechanical equipment, lighting, and even plumbing and the ductwork delivery systems for heating and air conditioning.

Taking steps to weatherize a home can conserve household energy and result in energy cost savings that are significant, with average savings in excess of 20 percent, but weatherization is also about providing a barrier to improve the health and safety of the structure for the occupants.

American Reinvestment and Recovery Act - 0% Loans Available

As an example (may differ in other states): The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), which was funded through Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, as a result of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, is designed to improve energy-efficiency by providing low or zero-cost financing to residential homeowners. These loans can be used towards improvements that enhance a home's efficiency and how it operates.

"The idea is to maximize better building potential and maximize the value of your home" says Howard Moore of Estes Building Performance Team.

Estes Services is a Georgia contractor that has been authorized to issue zero interest loans for qualifying customers. Single-family homes, multi-family buildings and mobile homes are eligible. Application options include:

  • Weatherization Retrofits
  • ENERGY STAR Appliances
  • High Efficiency Gas Furnaces
  • Tank-less Water Heaters
  • Building Envelope Improvements, such as insulation, duct work repairs, general control improvements.

Estes is a family-owned, one-stop shop that specializes in heating air conditioning, plumbing, electrical and whole-home weatherization. To inquire about eligibility for the Whole House Approach 0% Loan:

  • Step One: Contact Estes Services to determine whether you are eligible for the program.
  • Step Two: If you qualify, an energy audit will be conducted on your home, which includes evaluating energy-related health and safety conditions.
  • Step Three: If you are accepted into the program, weatherization crews will install the most cost-effective energy efficiency measures.