Now that winter is fast approaching, it’s time for you to take the necessary steps to ensure that your home’s energy efficiency isn’t affected. One of the ways you can do so is by winterizing your drafty doors. This is an important step that homeowners must take, as 30% of your home’s energy can escape through your drafty doors and windows, which can lead you to paying more than you should.
Here, Impact Home Solutions, the bathroom remodeling pros with a reasonable shower replacement cost, shares tips on preparing your drafty doors for the coming winter.
Find the Air Leaks
The first step in winterizing the doors in your home is to find out if they’re leaking in the first place. One of the methods to determine this can be done during the day; simply close your door and from the inside of your home, look around the frame for traces of sunlight. If you can see light seeping through, you have air leaks. At night, you can also do this by shining a flashlight on one side of the door frame.
Alternatively, you can also pass an incense stick around the door edges; if there are leaks, the smoke will move in the draft’s direction. You can also place a damp hand over suspected areas and if you feel your hand getting colder, it’s a tell tale sign that your door has air leaks.
Sealing the Air Leaks
Once you’ve found the air leaks, the next thing you’ll have to do now is to seal them before the winter season arrives. While it’s often recommended that you enlist the services of an expert, such as door replacement and bathroom remodeler Impact Home Solutions, it is possible for you to do this on your own. The first step you’ll need to do is fill all visible cracks and holes with caulk and allow for the caulk to dry before reapplying if needed.
Once you’ve applied the caulk, apply weather stripping around the door frame while periodically checking if you can close the door all the way. If the leaks are wider, you may need to apply extra weather stripping. For extra security, you can add a draft guard between the bottom of the door and threshold. Once you’ve done all that, you now have a winterized door.
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