Weatherstripping is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to reduce your home’s energy consumption while keeping your family more comfortable during cold Michigan winters and hot summers. If you’re handy with basic tools such as staple guns, utility knives and hacksaws, weatherstripping is a job that you can do yourself. If you don’t have the time or aren’t comfortable working with tools, contact your trusted HVAC technician for help.
The narrow gaps around doors and windows, or any other moving parts such as skylights, can be sources of big energy losses. Strips of vinyl, foam, copper, aluminum and other materials installed between the moving surfaces will form a tight seal when the doors or windows are closed, preventing conditioned air from leaking out or outside air from leaking in.
Places that you should consider weatherstripping include:
- Door jamb surfaces that doors press against when closed
- Spaces beneath external doors above thresholds
- Sliding door tracks and ends
- Double-hung or sliding window tracks
- Surfaces that operable skylights and attic hatches close against
- Tops or bottoms of window sashes
Be sure to buy the right materials for each application so that your work wears well, effectively blocks air leaks. Work in relatively warm weather so that adhesives adhere well. Use the right tools and measure twice before you cut the materials. Make sure that you seal corners, not leaving tiny openings for air to leak through.
Besides sealing movable parts with weatherstripping, you can also reduce your utility costs by upgrading insulation where it’s needed and caulking the spaces where piping, ducts, vents or other non-moving parts enter your external walls or ceiling. Check with your tax professional to see if any of the materials you buy qualify for federal energy efficiency tax credits.
If you have any questions about weatherstripping for saving energy, contact the pros at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been helping homeowners in the Grand Traverse County area for over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about Weatherstripping and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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