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Many companies in the Greater Kansas City area have met the minimum requirements to perform HOME PERFORMANCE with ENERGY STAR assessments (energy audits).

 

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Seal WINDOW & DOOR LEAKS

Tips to improve your home and lower your energy bill


Windows that are not properly sealed or insulated can cause your electric bills to be much higher. While the doors and windows may offer the best insulated glass that money can buy, it is a futile effort if the hole they are hanging in is not insulated and sealed properly. Drafts around windows and doors are often the result of units that no longer fit tightly into their frames due to your home settling over the years. Settling can cause gaps and crevices between walls and casings and can result in windows and doors that do not close tightly.

 

What you need

Clear silicone interior and exterior caulk
Caulk gun
Window film
Small rolls of fiberglass insulation
Utility knife or scissors
Weather stripping

 

what to do

Caulking - Cold air can enter your home through spaces that you normally don’t see. Place your hand over a window sill or door. If it’s cold to the touch or you can feel a draft, there is a gap. Apply a line of caulk to seal around frames, casings or individual glass panes. Do not put caulk in areas where it would prevent a window from opening. Also, if you feel drafts near the windows and doors in your home, check the exterior of the house for cracks around the window. Filling the cracks in with an exterior sealant will prevent cold air from entering your house.


Film - Window film is a type of shrink wrap that can be placed over the window and then heated to form a tight seal over the window pane. If the window film is on a roll, then measure and cut the film to the size of each window. Remove the adhesive from the film and affix it to the window according to the instructions on the packaging. Plug in the hair dryer and, holding it several inches away from the window, turn it on warm and move it over the film until it shrinks tight to the window.

 

Casings - Run your hand over the interior casing of a window or door on the next cold day. Is the woodwork cold? It shouldn’t be. If it is cold to the touch, gently remove a piece of the casing and take a look behind to see if it is insulated. If one casing was not insulated correctly, there is a pretty good chance that none of them were. Buy small rolls of fiberglass insulation and use scissors to cut the insulation into small pieces to fill the gaps. Don’t overstuff the openings - insulation works best when it is allowed to expand to its natural size. If you overstuff the spaces, the compact pieces of fiberglass won’t block the cold air. This technique can be used around all of your windows and exterior doors.

 

Weather Stripping - Take measurements of all the doors and windows in your home where you plan to install the product. Add up all the measurements, plus around 10 percent to account for any mistakes you may make while applying the product. Do not cut any of the material until you measure. Refer to the application instructions for the specific type of weather stripping you are using. Securely affix the weather stripping against the surface, or, for example, the sash, if you are applying it to a window or along the jamb. The stripping material should easily fit inside the door or window in such a way that it becomes compressed whenever the window or door is shut.

 

Learn More

 

Alternatively, hanging heavy curtains in front of your windows can insulate your house. The curtains prevent cold air from getting in and heat from getting out. Also investing in a door sweep will prevent the air from coming into the house and wind coming up under your door.

 

Links


DoItYourself.com - Green Living Tips: Weather Stripping Your Home

DoItYourself.com - How to Seal Your Home: Window and Door Casings

DoItYourself.com - Fix a Draft in a Bay Window
DoItYourself.com - Home Winter Preparation

DoItYourself.com - Get Rid of the Drafts in Your Home - Window Drafts, Fireplace Covers, Door Sweeps
Energy Star DIY Guide, May 2008


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