Homes whether brand-new or old often have rifts and openings around entrances and windows. These cracks are a major source of hot loss and can account for up to one-third have your home’s overall heating cost. That’s why they should apply caulk and weatherstripping all-rounder entrances and windows. After all heating and chill costs account for nearly half your home’s utility overheads and poor ceiling is contributing to those costs.

Other factors include insulation, the number of stories in a house,and the number of air conditioning units, windows and more. When you consider even a tiny crack around a typical entrance doorway is the equivalent to drilling a five and a half inch diameter gap through an outside wall. Closing that gap is well worth the efforts. When checking for leaks, some are pretty easy to detect like the rift of light beneath the front doorway on a sunny day or the hasten of cool breeze coming from a window on a blustery day. But there may be far less obviously said may take some ingenuity to discover.

Here’s an easy way to detect leaks around doors and windows in your home on a windy day. Turn off your AC unit and close all the doors and windows. Turn on any bath exhausts fans in your house then light a stick of incense and pass it along the edges of your entrances and windows. Wherever the smoker is blown into the room, there’s a leak. Caulking the seal gaps around doorways and windows is an easy energy-saving DIY project any homeowner can take on to lower their utility bill.

There are several basic types of caulking available including latex silicone, polyurethane and hybrid. For me, was making it possible to tackle various kinds of sealing types. Latex caulk is a cost-efficient option that is easy to work with, and can be painted if needed. Latex is versatile and can be used on various kinds of surfaces including entrances and windows. It cleans up neatly with soap and silicone caulk offers good flexibility, durability and adhesion, furnishing an excellent seal against the outside factors.

Silicone caulk is perfect for use around entrances and windows in areas exposed to moisture or direct sunlight. Silicone products cannot be painted because they are engineered to not have anything stick to the surface. Polyurethane caulk supports outstanding adhesion and is also very durable, but can be a little more difficult to work with. Most polyurethane products are engineered for exterior. Its utilization can also be used be applied on  a damp or wet surface if needed.

Hybrid products give you the best engineering without the drawbacks. These products can be applied to a damp surface, painted in a relatively short period of time, and applied to any surface. Hybrid products support a durable long-lasting seal regardless of where they’re applied.

Most caulking products come in a 10 -ounce cartridge and are applied with the cartridge gun. You are able to find latex and silicone products in smaller squeeze tube sizes, if you don’t want to use a cartridge gun and want a smaller sum of product is needed for your job. Before applying a new layer of caulk, you’ll need to remove any age-old caulking with the utility knife or scraper. Carefully clean away any grime and debris from the area and allow the surface to dry.

When you’re ready to start caulking, first load the cartridge gun by pulling back the plunger and placing the tube of caulk into the chamber bottom end in first. Squeeze the trigger until it touches the tube. Cut the tip to your desired bead sizing at an angle. Use the wire on the cartridge gun to puncture the seal if needed. Apply pressure by mashing the trigger until the product comes out of the end of the nozzle.

Holding the cartridge gun at a 45 degree angle to ensure the gap is extended, squeeze the trigger as you push the cartridge gun away from your body to ensure that you’re using enough caulk to fill the crack. When finished, continue pushing the tip into the corner, and push as you lift the nozzle. Make sure to cap the upper part of the nozzle as most caulks can be stored and reused at a future time.

There are a variety of methods that can be used to smooth the caulk from running your finger along the bead to using a professional caulk tool. For optimal uses, the type of caulk “you’re using” may impact the method used to smooth the product out,

Caulking doors and windows is a really quick and easy process, leaving your home warmer, more comfortable and more vitality efficient when “you’re finished”.

Weatherstripping entrances and windows is another cost effective way to reduce energy loss. Weatherstripping products come in many different forms and can be made up from other combining of materials such as wood, rubber, vinyl, metal, and foam. To determine the type of weather stripping that will be the most efficient in such areas you’re trying to seal, you want to consider factors including the amount of friction it will have to withstand, exposure to weather, and any cosmetic concerns you may have with it.

You can apply weatherstripping adhesive backed foam sold in rolls and various thicknesses. With the sticky back, just cut it to the desired length and apply it to the top and bottom of the window sashes or inside door frames. The piece also known as Strain Seal is a durable plastic or metal strip folded into a v-shape that springs open. To bridge cracks, you can cut it to connect, then either peel and stick it, or nail it along the sides.

Got double residence or sliding windows? Felt is another great option for weather stripping around an entrance, or window sash, or in an entrance jamb. Felt is readily nailed or stapled in place, and it constricts to allow smooth motion of doors and windows. For the base of doorways and windows, the top or bottom of a window sash, or between an entrance and it’s jamb, tubular rubber is an effective wind blockage made of veneer sponge, rubber or vinyl tubing.

Sometimes attached to a wooden or metal mounting strip, tubular rubber comes peel-and-stick, or can be fastened with tacks through slot gaps.

And lastly, any well sealed door sweeps are flat parts or U-shaped parts of plastic, aluminum, or stainless steel fitted with the strip of nylon, plastic, vinyl or a sponge brushing. To fill the space between the door and the threshold, cut it to your entrances’ width and install it along the bottom of the interior back of the door width. Door sweeps keep cool air and heat in, bugs and other unwelcome visitors out altogether.

You can save up to two hundred dollars a year in heating and cool loss. or about 10 percent of your energy bill by sealing and insulating your house with energy star-rated products.

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