- Educates clients about safety and energy efficiency
- Professionally evaluates single-family dwellings, multi-family dwellings, and mobile homes for safety and energy efficiency
- Tunes, repairs or replaces heating and air systems as needed
- Insulates attics, floors and walls as needed
- Makes minor repairs to homes for health and safety reasons
- Installs smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Performs base load and general heat waste measures
What do home inspections include?
- Testing for gas leaks, carbon monoxide, and other health and safety issues
- Checking combustion appliances such as stoves, furnaces, and water heaters
- Tuning, repairing, or replacing heating equipment
- Sealing air infiltration sites, installing attic, wall and floor insulation, sealing leaky ducts, adding ventilation
- Installing fire and carbon monoxide detectors
- Installing base load (compact fluorescent lights) and general heat waste measures (water heater installation blanket, pipe insulation, low flow shower heads)
What services does the Weatherization Program NOT provide?
- Rehabilitation of homes
- Replacement of doors and windows
- Major home repairs such as new roofs, new floors, plumbing, and electrical work
- Building additions
- Painting (other than areas disturbed by weatherization work)
- Laying carpet
- Lead-based paint and asbestos abatements
- Mold remediation
Minor repairs are secondary measures and are not performed unless regular weatherization work is needed. The Weatherization Assistance Program is not a home rehabilitation program. It is an energy conservation program with an emphasis on the health and safety of the client. Household energy savings can be up to $300 year a year after weatherization assistance. Households that qualify for the Heating and Air Repair and Replacement Program may also be eligible for weatherization assistance. This offers replacement of inefficient heating and air systems.
What happens to my home during the weatherization process?
The first step in the process is for your local weatherization agency to perform an energy audit. The energy audit is an onsite inspection of your home and an analysis of which energy efficiency measures are best for you. When the audit is complete, the auditor or inspector from the local weatherization agency will meet with your family to explain how crews will do the work. When the weatherization process is complete, an inspector will make certain that everything is working properly and that nothing was missed.