It’s every homeowner’s nightmare! A door or window that lets cold air in during winter, or even cool air out during summer months. In fact, sealing drafts could save you 10% to 15% on utility bills. But how can you stop drafts without breaking the bank?!? Luckily, there are a couple of budget-friendly solutions to help.
1. Shrink & Seal Windows
Shrink & seal window insulation is a clear film that installs using double-sided tape and a hair dryer. Cold drafts and heat loss are no longer an issue with this quick and simple fix that anyone can do!
2. Add a Draft Cloth to Doors or Windows
Draft cloths are foam seals that can slide underneath a door or window to prevent heating or cooling from escaping. No hardware or tools are required, making this as easy as it gets for any homeowner. It’s also very inexpensive.
3. Replace Your Door’s Weatherstrip
Weather stripping can become worn or damaged over time leaving room for air to get through or heat to escape your home. It’s important to go through and check each exterior door for signs of wear. If you have a newer door, it most likely has a compression weather strip that fits into a groove in the door casing. Simply pull it out to remove. You’ll want to keep the old stripping to find the correct size or cut-to-size your new weather stripping. Older doors may require self-adhesive foam weather stripping or rigid strips that are nailed in place. All three versions will help insulate your doors better and keep your heating bill down.
4. Caulk Windows
Check windows for cracks or peeling paint and caulk along windowsills. Over time, the seal around windows will break down. An easy solution is to add new caulk around your window. First, start by using a razor blade to clean up and remove any peeling caulk. Make sure your windowsill is free of dust and dirt as well. Once your windowsill is clean and dry, you can begin caulking. Check out 5 Tips to Caulk like a Pro to make sure your windows have an even better seal!
Whether you’re sealing your drafty windows, drafty doors, or both, these four tips are cost-effective solutions that will protect your home and your wallet. You’ll save money with these simple and affordable fixes, and you’ll save money when you get your next heating bill. That’s a win-win.