Tough economic times and high heating costs make caulking and weatherstripping your Grand Traverse County home worthwhile. It’s proven cost effective to seal up air leaks to keep out Michigan’s cold winter winds, saving energy costs as much as 30 percent. All you need are a few simple supplies and a little spare time.
Here’s what you need to know before using caulking and weatherstripping:
- Purchase a well-designed caulking gun with an automatic release mechanism. Select the right type of caulking compound to suit your needs. Your local hardware store should have a reasonable selection from which to choose. Latex or silicon-based caulk is the least expensive and can be very effective in stopping air leaks. Caulk generally comes in disposable tubes, which easily slide into the caulking gun when ready for use. Include some weatherstripping to seal around doors and windows where joints are flexible. Follow instructions on the package for application guidelines.
- An ideal day for caulking and weatherstripping your home is when the temperature is between 40 and 90 degrees. This will guarantee success with the caulk and weatherstripping. Before beginning, be sure to clean the surface to be sealed with a clean, damp cloth. You may need to scrape off any old caulk with a screwdriver or other tool, and pull off any remaining old weatherstripping material.
- Once the area is clean, cut the tip of the caulking tube at a 45-degree angle the width of the gap you will be sealing. Squeeze the caulking gun handle until the caulk begins to come out and begin laying it down in sections at a 45-degree angle.
- Take a tool such as a wooden stick, spoon or your finger to press the caulk into the crack, making sure to fill the area completely. Have a clean cloth or paper towel handy to wipe up any excess caulk.
If you have questions about caulking and weatherstripping or any other HVAC concerns, contact the pros at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve proudly served Grand Traverse County area residents for more than 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 sealing air leaks and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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