Now that winter is upon the horizon, it is time to keep the bitter cold where it belongs, outside. Keeping the home free of drafts depends a great deal upon the air blocking efficiency of the doors that open to the outside.
Here it comes. Yes another dose of winter is coming our way. If you live in a climate where winter brings freezing temperatures you know what that means. Tighten up the ship it may be a frosty one.
The first line of defense is the doors that open to the outside of your house. Seal these up by means of a storm door and a sealing application. Air is an element that seeps through nearly microscopic seams and holes. That means you must completely cover or fill all existing minute places where air will infiltrate. This includes around the doors that are exposed to the outside. This will be the front and back doors but also if you have any other doors that open from the basement, porch, deck and patio. Leave no door untouched.
Just as with weatherproofing the windows of your house you should seal up all the tiny spaces of the doors around the casing, frame and well. The door casing is the outer most part of the supporting structure of the door, where the outer edges touch building material of the adjacent walls. The casing is on the outside as well as the inside. The door frame is generally considered the outer perimeter of the door itself and perhaps skeletal cross sections that holds the door together. The door well is the inner area of the casing where the door pivots open and close. The door well also, like the window well, has a sill at the bottom on the outer side of the threshold. The storm door is an excellent insulator, especially when installed efficiently, because it forms an insulating air pocket between the main door just as what a storm or double-paned window does for a window of the home.
What you mainly want to accomplish is to block air from moving into or out of the home from more places than the designated air circulation system. This will include your chimney, furnace and attic vents. Air does need to be recycled through the house all year long, even during winter. Bad and stale air is bad for the health. Remember, balance is the key to perhaps all things. So it would be good to have your chimney checked out, furnace serviced and your attic vents inspected before winter sets in. This will make your door winterizing project more substantial.
Now to do the job well you need to note a few things. Count how many doors you have that lead to the outside and then measure the gaps and seams around the casings and molding, well and frame, and the thresholds. Be sure to measure the outside and inside casing and molding of the all doors. You will be sealing both sides. Also when you measure it would be good to follow what industry experts say to do, measure twice and execute once. This will almost always insure accuracy. Keep measurements of each door separate and note the measurements of each part. A mini diagram drawing may make this a lot easier. What you want to do now is put on your shopping shoes, its time to get busy!
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