You probably go to great lengths to winterize your home if you live in a region that experiences severe winter weather conditions, including freezing temperatures and howling storms. This could mean inspecting your roof annually and making repairs, cleaning gutters and downspouts, and putting up storm windows and shutters. You probably hire a technician to service your furnace, as well, since the last thing you want is for your heat to go out in the dead of winter. But even with all of these preparations, you could still find yourself overpaying for utilities in the winter. This might be partially due to shorter days necessitating a higher demand for lighting (although CFL or LED bulbs can help you to cut costs here). But you might also have problems with energy efficiency linked to the air you’re paying for going to heat the outdoors. However, there are ways to go about pinpointing and addressing this issue, namely through adding caulking or weather stripping around windows and doors.
Over time, even well-constructed homes are sure to settle a bit. And when this happens, chances are good that your windows and doors may become slightly unseated in their frames. When paired with changes in temperature and humidity that can cause wooden surfaces to swell and shrink, creating gaps, you can see why your utility bills have not only gone up during the winter, but why they continue to increase year after year. Luckily, adding weather stripping or sealing products like caulk can help to plug any gaps and make your home more energy efficient. You might want to start with an energy audit to pinpoint areas that need to be addressed, but one of the biggest benefits you’ll notice related to the process of adding weather stripping is that your utility bills will decrease.
Another benefit that you’ll no doubt notice when you stop the leakage between outside and in is that it will become easier to regulate the interior temperature and keep it at a set level. Not only that, but the chilly drafts that plagued you before will be a thing of the past. When you add weather stripping you stand to significantly improve the interior atmosphere. Of course, you must have adequate ventilation any time to decide to seal up your home. Without fresh air coming in from somewhere your house can become stuffy and even unsafe in some cases.
You can also protect your home by adding weather stripping. And this falls under the category of energy-saving tips, as well. If you fail to properly seal doors and windows against the incursion of winter weather, you stand to cause damage not only to the windows, doors, and frames themselves, but also to interior surfaces that suffer the damp and cold associated with inclement weather conditions. As a homeowner it’s in your best interest to nip problems in the bud before they become a serious hassle and a major expense. And spending a few bucks to install weather stripping and apply caulk qualifies as an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure.