You can increase the efficient use of heat in your home by making sure all doors and windows are sealed. The folks over at “This Old House,” believe you will, “save 10 to 15% on energy bills and chase away the chill.”
Big Bear’s weather fluctuates and although we’ve had warm winters, we’ve also seen temperatures dip below -10 degrees for overnight temperatures.
Now is the best time to check your home, during this moderate and beautiful fall weather.
Check Your Home
There are several easy ways to check your doors for leaks;
- Have a friend stand on the inside of the door. Go outside with a flashlight. Run the light around the edges of the door. Your friend should be able to spot any leaks.
- Try the same thing with a portable hair dryer. Your friend will be able to feel the warmth coming through leaks around the edges of the door.
- Try sliding a dollar bill through the edges of the door.
If you have large holes or gaps, you’re going to need to use caulking. Otherwise weatherstripping may do the job. Plastic, foam and felt are not permanent, but they may last up to three years.
Common Types of Weatherstripping
These are the easier do it yourself types of stripping.
- Felt – Is an inexpensive “old school” way to weatherstrip your house. It’s sold in rolls and is usually nailed in place. See if you can find it with adhesive backing.
- Foam Tape – This easy to apply foam pressure tape usually comes with an adhesive back. It’s easy to install and very effective.
- Rubber Gasket weatherstripping is usually made of a flexible vinyl. It compresses to fill cracks and openings. Some will come with a 10 year guarantee.
After you finish with all of your doors, test your windows and see if some adhesive foam tape is needed.
Get out your utility knife and tape measure. Make your doors and windows airtight. Keep your family warm this winter!