Sealing up doors not only helps you lower down your heating bill but also your air-conditioning bill during summer at it prevents the cold air from escaping outside.
The winter season is just around the corner and it’s nice to stay warm inside your own home without burning your pockets on heating bill. One of the many ways to save money on heating bill is to seal up leaks around doors especially if your home was built several years back. While newly built homes are most likely sealed, it develops cracks and drafts around the doors that can grow bigger year after year. Believe it or not, but these leaks that allows heat to escape can contribute a negative effect on your gas or electric bills. Little things left unattended can add up and before you know it, the damage done is already bigger than what you expected.
First, perform an inspection on the door and its frame to find out if there is any need of repair or maintenance. This should be easy since all you need to check is visible cracks on the caulk or sealant. If you find any, then it’s time to replace or repair the caulking or sealant. Close the door and see if you can find openings or light coming through which indicates improper insulation. Another helpful inspection tip is to light a candle and hold it close to the door frame to determine if the door has air leaks.
Once you have determined the culprit, the next step is to clean the area where you need to put the replacement caulk or sealant. Clean surface will ensure proper adhesion of the caulk or sealant to the door frame and last longer.
Choose the right sealant for your door. If you can remove a small piece of the existing sealant or caulk from your door then you can easily show it to an associate in any home improvement stores. Some doors can use weather strip which is a strip of plastic, rubber, or foam material that is installed to the door frame next to the moldings. It usually comes in a roll that you can cut to fit the length of your door. Caulking is another type which is made of silicone or latex material used to fill gaps or cracks. It is applied by using a caulking gun. Others use spray insulation which is a liquid foam material that expands to seal gaps and cracks.
After installation, perform another inspection to make sure that there are no more leaks. Then enjoy the fruit of your labor. Sealing up doors not only helps you lower down your heating bill but also your air-conditioning bill during summer at it prevents the cold air from escaping outside.
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