Weather stripping in your home is one of the best ways to reduce your home’s energy costs both in the summer and the winter. In the summer – it keeps your cool air-conditioned air inside by preventing both door and window drafts. Your weather stripping can be damaged or deteriorated through multiple different ways such as usage, pests and age.
How To Check Your Current Weather Stripping:
Checking weather stripping regularly can help you save costs in the long run – before any serious damage has occurred. You can feel around your doors and windows to feel if there are any leaks of air from outside. If you feel any kind of air or a different temperature around the door – it might be time to replace your weather stripping. Look for other gaps around foundation seals and exterior caulking as well. Be sure to be proactive and check your entry doors regularly to ensure they seal tightly.
If you see that your weather stripping is dry, cracked or starting to pull off whatever frame it is attached too, it is time to replace your weather stripping. If it begins to bend out of shape it will begin to lose its efficiency and effectiveness. Water leaks are also a sign that you need to get some work done as soon as possible.
If you are able to see sunlight around any doors or windows, there is probably a leak that needs to be sealed through weather stripping or caulking. Caulking prevents air leakage as well and is typically used for gaps that are less than a quarter inch wide on stationary building components. Weather stripping is more appropriate for moving parts such as doors and windows.
Using multiple methods together, such as weather stripping and caulking – can ultimately save you money yearly on energy costs and make you more environmentally responsible. There are also a few other small ways to save energy that you can combine with these methods. You will be able to save money and keep yourself comfy at the same time.
Weather stripping comes in many different shapes and forms, which can become a little complicated when doing the project yourself. Get a free estimate today to book a handyman with us!