homes whether new or old often have
cracks and openings around doors and windows these gaps are a major source of heat
loss and can account for up to one-third have
your home’s overall heating cost that’s why they should apply caulk and
weatherstripping all-rounder doors and windows after all heating and cooling costs
account for nearly half your home’s utility expenses and poor
ceiling is a contributing factor to those costs
other factors include insulation the number of stories in a house the
number I air conditioning units Windows and more when you consider the
even a tiny one a permanent gap around a typical entry
door is the equivalent drilling a five and a half inch diameter
hole through an outside wall closing that gap is well worth the
effort when checking for leaks some are pretty easy to detect like the
crack of light beneath the front door on a sunny day or the rush of cool air coming from a
window on a blustery day but there may be far less obviously said
may take some creativity to discover here’s an easy way to detect
leaks around doors and windows in your home on a windy day turn off your AC unit and close all the doors and windows turn
on any bath fans and stove ends in your
home then lie to stick up incense and pass it
along the edges are your doors and windows wherever the smokers suck outer blown
into the room there’s a leak caulking the seal gaps around doors and
windows is an easy energy-saving DIY project any
homeowner can take on to lower their utility bill there are
several basic types of caulking compounds available including latex silicone polyurethane and hybrid for me was making it possible
to tackle a variety of sealing jobs latex caulk is a cost-efficient option that is easy to work with and can be
painted if needed latex is versatile and can be used on a
variety of surfaces including doors and windows in cleans up nicely with soap and water
silicone caulk offers good flexibility durability and adhesion providing an
excellent see all against the outside elements silicone caulk is perfect for use around
doors and windows in areas exposed to moisture or direct sunlight silicone products
cannot be painted as they are engineered to not have
anything stick to the surface polyurethane caulk provides outstanding
adhesion and is also very durable but can be a
little more difficult to work with most polyurethane products are
engineered for exterior use and can also be applied to a damp or wet
surface if needed hybrid products offer you the best a
beach technology without the drawbacks these products can be applied to a damp
surface painted in a relatively short period of time in applied to any surface hybrid
products provide a durable long-lasting seal regardless of where
they’re used most caulking products com in a 10-ounce
cartridge are applied with the caulking gun you
can also find latex and silicone products in smaller squeeze tube sizes if you
don’t want to use a caulking gun or if a smaller amount of product is
needed for your job before applying a new layer of caulk
you’ll need to remove any old caulking with the utility knife or scraper carefully clean away any dirt and debris
from the area and allow the surface to dry when you’re
ready to start caulking first load the car gone by pulling back
the plunger and placing the tube of caulk into the chamber bottom in first squeeze
the trigger until it makes contact with the tube cut the tip to your desired bead size at an angle using the pen on the caulk
gun to puncture the seal if needed apply
pressure by squeezing the gun to the product makes its way to the end of the nozzle holding the gun
at a 45 degree angle to ensure the gap is covered squeeze the trigger as you push the gun
away from your body to ensure that you’re using enough caulk
to feel your gap when finished release the trigger at the
end of the same pushing the tip the novel into the
corner to cut off the strip of caulk intent was slightly as you lift the
nozzle make sure to cap the top of the nozzle as most caulks can be stored and reused at a future time there are a variety of methods that can
be used to smooth the caulk ranged from just run your finger along the bead to using a professional caulk tool for
optimal results the type of caulk you use may impact the
method used to smooth the product out caulking doors and windows is a really
quick and simple process leaving your home warmer more
comfortable and more energy efficient when you finish weatherstripping doors and windows is
another cost effective way to reduce energy waste weatherstripping products
come in many different forms and can be made up other combination of
materials such as wood rubber vinyl metal and foam to determine the type of weather
stripping that will be the most effective in the area you’re trying to
seal you want to consider factors like the
amount of friction it will have to withstand exposure to
weather and any cosmetic concerns you may have with it being seen even the
most in experience dr. wire can apply
weatherstripping adhesive backed foam tape is sold in rolls in Burien with in thicknesses with the sticky back just
cut it to the desired link and apply it to the top in bottom of the
window sashes or inside door frames the strip also known as tension seal is a durable
plastic or metal strip folded into a v-shape that springs open
the bridge gaps you can cut it to link then either peel
and stick it or nail it along the sides have double
home or sliding windows felt is another great choice for weather
stripping around a door or window sash or in a door jamb filters easily nailed
or stapled in place and it compresses to allow smooth
movement of doors and windows for the base up doors and windows the top or bottom have a window sash or
between a door and it’s jam tubular rubber is an affective air
barrier made up venero sponge rubber or vinyl tubing
sometimes attached to a wood or metal mounting strip tubular rubber comes peel-and-stick or
can be fastened with screws through slot holes and lastly any well sealed or requires
door sweeps door sweeps are flat pieces or you
shaped pieces of plastic aluminum or stainless steel fitted with
the stripper nylon plastic or vinyl or a sponge brush to fill the space between the door and
the threshold cut it to your doors with and install it along the bottom up the
interior side of the door with screws door sweeps keep cool air and heat in
insects and other unwelcome visitors out altogether you
can save up to two hundred dollars a year in heating and cooling costs or about 10 percent of your energy bill
by sealing and insulating your home with energy star-rated products