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In part one, we addressed common ways to better weatherize your home and keep the cold weather out. In today’s post, we’ll go into more detail about weatherizing doors and windows.
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Additional Winterization Tips!
Now that we’ve covered some basic home weatherization tips, let’s look a little more in-depth to notorious energy-sucking culprits: your windows and doors!
Winterizing Your Doors
Doors are great at keeping the majority of the cold weather out, but they are prone to cold-air leaks.
Invest in a draft guard.
A draft guard is a gadget that attaches at the bottom of your door, to, you guessed it, keep cold air drafts at bay. If it’s an area that you use frequently, a draft guard is a perfect investment, but you can always use a rolled up towel to block drafts in a pinch.
Weather stripping is more of a permanent solution compared to just a draft guard. Weather stripping is installed (you can find it at your local home improvement store) at the top and bottom (door threshold) of your door. This is a simple fix that keeps warm air in and cool air out!
Winterizing Your Windows
Windows are other home features that can potentially waste energy. Besides investing in new, energy-efficient windows, there are simple and affordable ways to winterize your windows.
You can check your windows for leaks simply by placing your hands in front of them; if you feel a cold draft, you probably have an air leak. It has been estimated that up to 33 percent of heat loss during the winter is a result of leaky windows and doors.
Consider draft stoppers.
Draft stoppers serve the same functions for windows as draft guards do for doors — they protect your home from cold air. They are installed at the bottom of a window to block and prevent drafts.
Implement window film.
Window film is a plastic film that is placed in front of your window to create an additional barrier between you and the cold. The film can keep up to 70 percent of cold air from penetrating your home, saving your energy usage.
These films are easy to install and are essentially a giant roll of plastic wrap! You install the film to cover your entire window and let it cure in about a week.
Add window caulk.
Perhaps your window caulk is worn or new caulk needs to be placed. Banish cold air leaks on the non-moveable parts of the windows, typically on the frame itself or where the trim meets the wall.
What products are good for winterizing my windows and doors?
There are many products on the market, and with a little research, or talking with your local home improvement store or energy suppliers, you can find one perfect for your home. Follow these general guidelines to expertly install weatherstripping for your windows and doors.
- Apply weatherstripping to clean, dry surfaces.
- Apply in temperatures above -7 degrees C.
- Always measure the surface before making your final cut.
- Spread the weatherstripping so it’s taut enough to compress when the door or window is closed.
- Choose a frequently used door or a door that you can feel leaks cold air.
- Lay weatherstripping the entire length of the door.
- Apply the weatherstripping so it is snug enough at the edges.
- Ensure the thickness — you want it to still be able to close and keep out the cool air.
There are many ways to better winterize your home from the cold, and the above cover the basics for your home, windows, and doors. Keep in mind that you don’t have to be the picture of energy efficiency (but you can), but by starting with small, practical things, you can save energy and money.
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