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5 Tips for Weatherstripping Your Aberdeen Area Home

  • January 08, 2014

The winters in Aberdeen can be bone-chilling, and old, drafty windows can make it even more difficult to keep your home warm on these cold days. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help keep the cold out and the warmth in. Weatherstripping is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to weatherproof your home. These five tips will help get you started weatherproofing your home with weatherstripping.

  • Check for drafts throughout your home. Doors, windows and electrical outlets are the main culprits for air leaks. Check all of these areas carefully and apply weatherstripping where needed.
  • Choose the best type of weatherstripping for the job. Felt and foam types are typically less expensive than vinyl or metal, however, they may not hold up as well in certain areas, such as high-traffic entrances.
  • The weatherstripping for the doors should be installed so it covers the entire door jamb. When installing the weatherstripping in the door jamb, avoid using small sections, instead unwind the weatherstripping in one continuous strip. Remember to open and close the door to make sure there’s enough room without the door sticking.
  • Once the doors have been done, move on to the windows. The weatherstripping is applied between the window frame and the sash and should be applied in one continuous strip for each area of the window.
  • Don’t forget the electrical outlets. To keep drafts from seeping through the outlets, install foam outlet insulation pads on each outlet. Simply remove the cover, apply the pre-cutout insulation and reinstall the cover.

If you’ve applied weatherstripping to all of the doors and windows and are still feeling drafts, consider installing plastic over the windows.

For more information on weatherstripping and other valuable ways to stay warm this winter, contact Comfort Services, Inc.