Energy audit. Pick up Black & Decker's new Thermal Leak Detector to find weak spots in your home's "insulation envelope." Fixes are often as simple as installing foam gaskets under switch plates and outlet covers ($3 for 10 gaskets at Home Energy Solutions) and adding new weatherstripping around your entry door ($3 for 17 feet of self-adhesive foam strip at Lowes). Cost: $40 for the leak detector at Black and Decker.
3M 08008 Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive Tube - 5 oz. by 3M. $11.99. A strong, flexible, rubbery adhesive that can withstand vibration and extreme temperature variations. It can be used to bond automotive weather stripping and is a great adhesive for holding paper, cork or rubber gaskets in place during installation.
Duck Brand 1285359 Socket Sealers Variety Pack, 18 Outlet Sealers and 6 Switch Plates, White by Duck. $6.07. From the Manufacturer Duck Brand markets a variety of weather seals to provide consumers with a specialized product for nearly any application. Weather-stripping is a great way to conserve energy and save on utility bills. Did you know you could save up to 10-Percent on your energy costs by properly sealing and insulating areas around the...
n a well-insulated home, air leaks are the greatest cause of wasted heating and cooling energy. Caulking and weatherstripping are effective ways to rid your home of costly drafts. Keep in mind that heat always moves toward cold areas. Therefore, in hot, humid climates the biggest concern is hot air coming into air conditioned homes. However, during winter the opposite occurs - heated homes leak warm air to the outdoors through cracks and crevices.
There are any number of ways, as you can see here on YouTube, to weatherstrip a door. At Conservation Pros, we've seen them all. Frankly, most of them are ineffective at best. The method we show here is the absolute best way to weatherstrip a door, hands down. It all begins with the "aluminum backed vinyl-clad foam" kit, known by its trade n...
ROPE CAULK. No more fussing with drippy, messy caulk or finicky caulking guns! Versatile weather-strip / caulking cord forms a weatherproof seal on porous, and non-porous surfaces, including wood, plastic, metal, masonry, glass and concrete. Seals tight, but won't harden so removes easily. 90-ft. for 6 windows.
Caulk Windows and Weatherstrip Doors Caulking windows and applying weather strips to doors will save you money on heating and air-conditioning bills. The simple fix will also protect your home from more serious threats. Sealing cracks around windows and doors prevents moisture from getting into the walls, which can lead to rotting wood, insect infestations and mold.
You have a hidden draft. Drafts can be caused by breaks in the insulation around windows and doors, but, most likely, your doors and windows are not air-tight. A tiny 1/8 inch gap around a typical entryway door is equivalent to poking a 5 inch diameter hole through the wall, so it is definitely worth fixing. You can follow these instructions on how to weatherproof your doors with weatherstripping and a sweep, or hire someone to do it.