Did the polar temperatures that rocked most of the country these last few weeks leave your home feeling chilly and drafty? Show your home some love this month with a simple project that blocks air flow through doors and windows.
Step 1: Find the Leaks
A quick visual inspection will help you spot large gaps, but we’ve got some tips to help you find and seal small leaks, saving you money and making your home more energy efficient.
- Press on doors and windows and see if you can rattle them—if they move under pressure, chances are they’re leaking cold air into your living spaces.
- Get down on the floor and check if you can see daylight coming in through the threshold. If light is visible, install a Door Sweep to seal out leaks. You can also grab a helper and a flashlight; turn off interior and exterior lights, and have him or her stand inside closed doors and windows one evening. Head outside and shine the flashlight around the perimeter of the doors and windows. If any light is visible to your helper, you need to install some weather stripping.
- If you don’t have a helper handy you can still find air leaks around doors. Try slipping a folded dollar bill between the door and door jam. If the bill fits through, it’s a sign your door is in need of weather stripping.
Step 2: Seal ‘Em Up
Once you’ve identified problem areas, sealing them is a relatively quick and easy fix with Vinyl Foam Weatherseal from Frost King. Before installing weather stripping, wipe dust, grime, or oil from window sills and door jams so the Vinyl Foam Weatherseal has a clean, dry surface to adhere to. Cut the tape to the proper length, remove the backing, and press into place. Want more detailed directions? Click here for a quick step-by-step video on how to expertly install foam weather stripping.
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