Weatherization is the practice of protecting a building and its interior from cold temperatures, precipitation, and wind. KYCW! has two primary goals, reducing energy costs and creating a more comfortable home. Click here to read a Seacoast online article about Habitat for Humanity York County's participation in Efficiency Maine's collaborative weatherization program.
KYCW provides interior storm windows inserts and weatherization services at no cost to low income homeowners in York County. Teams of volunteers use door sweeps, pipe insulation, weatherstripping, spray foam, caulk, and insulation to air seal homes.
On average low income families spend 30% of their income on energy costs, often times making the costs of upgrades and repairs out of reach. Maine has the 5th oldest housing stock in the country with many homes in poor condition. Older homes tend to have more air leakage and lower quality insulation.
In addition to lower energy costs and creating a more energy efficient home, weatherization helps to keep allergens out of homes, increasing the health and wellbeing of all occupants. Substandard housing conditions, such as water leaks and poor ventilation, can result in the growth of mold, dust mites, and other allergens associated with poor health. Indoor allergens and damp housing conditions increase the development or severity of respiratory conditions, including asthma. Filling holes and cracks prevents mice and other pests from entering the home, reducing the risk of disease.
Weatherization allows seniors to age safely in their homes and creates a healthy and safer environment for young children and persons with health conditions.
Click on the below image to see a slideshow of our Keep York County Warm! volunteers taking action in their community!.