Did you know, according to ENERGY STAR, if you add up all the hidden air leaks in your home, they could equal a hole the size of an open window?
These leaks can make a room feel drafty and can cause your energy bills to be higher. So tackle the simple project of adding weather stripping this weekend in three easy steps.
- Choose the right type of weather stripping for the job. Ask yourself questions like: Am I applying it to a door or a window? Does the weather stripping need to withstand friction, weather, temperature changes or other wear-and-tear associated with its location? Regardless of what type you pick, it should seal well when the door or window is closed, but not interfere with its normal operation.
- Determine how much you’ll need. Add up the perimeter of all the windows or doors you’ll be fixing. Make sure to add an additional five to 10 percent to accommodate waste.
- Install the weather stripping according to the directions on the package.
- Clean and dry all surfaces before applying.
- Measure the area twice before making a cut.
- Make sure it’s the right thickness. The material should compress when the door or window is shut.
- Apply one continuous strip on each side.
- Make sure it meets tightly at the corners.
Start to finish, this weekend weatherization project should only take a few hours, and the energy you save will be well worth the effort!