As a word, weatherization is just entering the public vocabulary. But the concept has been around for a long time. Nobody knows exactly when weatherization began but I think it's tied directly to the creation of the first honey-do list.
Imagine some poor caveman coming home after a long, grueling day hunting woolly mammoths and his wife says,
"Honey, I've been thinking and there's something I want you to do. I'm tired of the wind swirling in here and causing all those cold drafts, and the rain blowing in here getting everything all wet, and the critters and carnivores wandering in here day and night so why don't you to take one of those old woolly mammoth hides and put it over the hole in the front of the cave."
And the husband, of course, says,
"Aw, honey, we don't have to do all that. I'll just build the fire a little higher and we can move a little further back in the cave and maybe snuggle a little bit closer and we'll be just fine and then he gets the LOOK. Every guy knows the LOOK - the LOOK says, discussion over, case closed, don't even go there - and so the guy installs the woolly mammoth hide over the front of the cave.
Now, in the thousands and thousands of years since then, I don't think the essence of the honey-do list has changed and I'm pretty sure THE LOOK hasn't, but what has changed is the way we do weatherization. As we've learned more and more about how houses work and as we've made more and more advances in technology, weatherization has become a recognized building science requiring specialized skills and expertise.
But the purpose is still the same - weatherization creates a healthier, more comfortable and less costly home for you and your family.
(Subtitle: The Origin of Weatherization)
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