Frontier Energy Solution, Inc.'s FAQ

What is Weatherization?


Every home has factors that contribute to energy consumption making up a system.  A typical un-weatherized house in the U.S. has the added equivalent of a 4 sq/ft hole open to the outside elements year-round.  The process of weatherization is to install retrofit improvements to your home to increase the comfort and reduce your energy consumption by analyzing and upgrading the efficiency factors that make up your home’s “system”.  Weatherization is one of the easiest and most economical ways you can make your house more energy efficient and can save a homeowner 25-40% on their heating and cooling bills.


My home is cold and drafty in the winter time, should I replace my windows to increase the comfort of my home?


Replacing old single pane windows with double pane windows may look great but payback on this is quite long and energy savings are minimal.  The most cost effective way to increase the comfort of your home is to air seal and insulate.  Typical payback periods for this kind of work range from 0-4 years depending on the location of required work and incentives available.  The first step is requesting a no cost energy assessment.


What is Air Sealing?


Air sealing is arguably the most important step in the process of properly weatherizing a home or business.  The transfer of inside conditioned air to the outside and vice versa leads to the greatest overall loss of energy in a building.  Utilizing the proper materials and methods our technicians seal the thermal envelope of your building while maintaining high indoor air quality.  Upon completion, results from the final blower door test will show the overall reduction of air flow in the home.  Lower blower door numbers equal lower heating and cooling costs!


How long does a No Cost Energy Assessment take and what does it include?


Typically the Assessment takes 2 – 3 Hours to be performed. During this time your heating and hot water appliances are evaluated and checked for safe operation, insulation levels and air sealing potential are evaluated and energy saving LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs, programmable thermostats and power strips are installed at no cost!


What is cellulose insulation?


Cellulose insulation is 85% post consumer recycled newspaper product.  Cellulose is a Class 1 fire rated building material that is approved for use in both existing and new homes.  Cellulose insulation is treated with boric acid which is a naturally occuring non-toxic substance that is highly effective at mold, pest and fire resistance.


Is cellulose better than fiberglass insulation?


Cellulose is a superior product to fiberglass insulation for many reasons.  Cellulose loose fill has an R-Value of 3.7 per inch versus 3 per inch for Fiberglass.  Fiberglass insulation requires 30 times more energy to produce versus cellulose insulation.  Cellulose is 85% recycled content versus 30% for fiberglass.  Cellulose is more effective at sound attenuation in comparison with fiberglass.  Blown in cellulose insulation creates a continuous blanket of insulation where as for fiberglass batt insulation true thermal continuity is hard to achieve.  Finally, when installed properly in walls cellulose insulation is highly effective at stopping air flow in comparison with fiberglass insulation.


What is spray foam insulation?


Spray foam insulation is a two part polyurethane expanding material that when installed properly achieves an R-7 per inch!  Spray foam also acts as an air and moisture barrier while increasing the structural integrity of the building. Because of all of these great characteristics spray foam insulation may be the best choice for your next project.  


How does Frontier Energy Solutions differ from the competition?


Frontier Energy Solutions, Inc. approaches each job site on a case by case basis and offers a wide range of services in order to meet your project goals, reduce your annual energy consumption and bills, decrease dependence on fossil fuels, and lower your carbon footprint all while increasing indoor air quality and home comfort!


For more information, or for a no cost energy assessment, contact Frontier Energy Solutions today.  Our toll free number is 774-237-0410, or email us at


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