During the colder months, home furnaces are in full force. Don't let drafty windows and doors affect your heating bill! If windows and exterior doors in your home are old or not sealed properly, they will allow cold air in. This will not only decrease the effectiveness of your furnace but also increase your utility bill because your home heating system will be working overtime. Follow these simple steps to ensure your home windows and doors are correctly sealed:
Weatherstripping: This is one of the simplest and most popular ways to seal windows and doors from drafts. Follow this tutorial to learn how to do it yourself.
Door sweeps: Door sweeps can become old and less functional with time. Replacing the sweeps on your home’s exterior doors can make a huge difference in keeping out cold air. Take a look at this tutorial on how to replace door sweeps.
Foam tape: Adhesive foam tape is a good, temporary solution for weatherproofing doors and windows. This can be especially useful for doors and windows that have changed shape over time and do not fit as tightly. To install, cut the tape to size and adhere it to the areas with a draft. For more instructions, click here.
Draft snakes: For a solution that can be moved and that doesn't alter doors or windows, draft snakes are a good option. These fabric tubes, which will block a lot of drafts, are placed under a door or in a windowsill to prevent cold air from entering through gaps.
For more information about insulating windows and doors, click here.