During the spring and fall months, when the temperature outside tends to be pretty mild, rarely do we think about doing things like weather-stripping our windows or doors. In fact, it’s not until it’s so cold outside that it’s hard to keep the rooms in our house at a comfortable temperature that we realize how important it is.
If you want to prepare your house for extremely cold weather and you’ve never weather-stripped your doors and windows before, you’re in luck. This article is going to provide you with some simple application tips that can keep the warm air in and the cold air out in just a matter of moments.
Use a flashlight or a dollar bill. Before you start with the weather-stripping process, it’s a good idea to check and see if you actually need it. One way to do that is to conduct a full energy audit (you can get instructions on how to do that by going to Energy.gov and putting “DIY energy audit” in the search field). There are two other ways that are a lot quicker, though. One is to wait until dark and have someone stand outside of your doors or windows with a flashlight. If you happen to see light shining through the windowsills or sides of the doors, you need some weather-stripping to keep the drafts out. Another method is to put a dollar bill in between a door or window. If after closing either one, you can pull the dollar bill with no snagging, this also means you have a draft and some weather-stripping should be done.
Apply caulking to cracks or holes. If you do have a draft and it’s due to some small holes or cracks, the first step that you should take is to apply some caulking to them. You can purchase caulking at a local home improvement store. Just put it over the holes or cracks and they will be sealed up in a matter of moments.
Add some rubber or foam. Something else that you should do is pick up some weather-stripping. The best kinds to use are either adhesive-backed foam or the kind that is made out of a rubber gasket. These help to seal your windows and doors and are fairly easily to apply. Being that some weather-stripping products require nails or staples, it’s best to look for the type of weather-stripping that has adhesive backing. That way, all you have to do is detach it from the wax paper and line your windows and doors with it.
Change your window treatments. Something that an individual who works for a windows and doors company like Lyndhurst Lumber may recommend that you do is change your window treatments. By hanging up thermal curtains, you can be confident that the material will keep the cold air out and the warm air in. You can get them at your local Walmart, Target, or Kmart for a very affordable price.
Put down a door sweep. When you’re in the process of weather-stripping your doors, don’t forget to add a door sweep. Door sweeps are one of the best ways to block out any cold that might be trying to come through the bottom of your door (especially if you don’t have a storm door). You can also use an old towel and it will work just as well. You can pick up a door sweep at Lowe’s, Home Depot, or Amazon.