Some common ways to help save energy and improve indoor temperatures are using weather stripping around doors and windows. This type of product can help insulate your home or business from the elements in areas where tiny cracks can cause big air flow.
- Doors – Check around door frames for loose, missing, or cracked weather stripping. You can usually remove old stripping just by pulling it off. It may be helpful to take a small piece of the old stripping with you to the store so you can match the thickness and color of your new materials. Most door frames will have a little groove where you can insert the new stripping either with the self-adhesive kind or the more rigid type that must be nailed in.
- Windows – Again, check for loose, missing, or cracked weather stripping around window frames and in joints. Another test method is to listen and see how loud outside sounds are – if it sounds like you’re out there with them, then most likely you need to replace the weather stripping here as well. Double-hung windows typically use two types of insulation – self-adhesive foam and v-channel stripping. Casement windows only need self-adhesive foam. Be sure to use the correct type of insulation for your particular windows.
- Attics – Attic access can be another culprit for air leaks. Treat it like an outside door. If you have pull-down attic stairs, you can get insulated attic stair covers from a home improvement store or online. The attic door can be sealed by adding weather stripping to the edges of the opening as well as applying a piece of rigid foam board insulation on the back side of the door.
- Air ducts – Check for leaks around your HV/AC system. If it is located in an attic or crawl space, you can usually access the ducts to check for holes or kinked flexible ducts. Seal any holes or joints with mastic sealant or metal tape, not duct tape. Wrap your air ducts using insulating materials found in hardware stores specifically for this purpose.
Following these tips can help reduce heating and cooling costs and make for more comfortable living and working space.