Your Home: Winterizing your home
As a homeowner, it is important to properly winterize your home. Ryan Peterson has more about how to seal your windows and doors to keep drafts at bay.
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Fall has just begun, yet there's already a winter-like chill to the air recently. The recent weather should have you thinking about how to ensure your house stays nice and toasty warm when winter does arrive.
"The big thing with winterization is to stop the air flow, back-and-forth in and out of your house. Any place where you have a break in the wall, where a window is, where a door is, anywhere a draft can be created, minimize that draft as much as possible," said Brett Murray, Home Depot.
Now, if you've recently had an energy audit done and have gone and replaced all your windows and doors with the latest state-of-the-art energy efficient models, then you probably won't have to worry much about winterizing your house. But, for those of you with drafty doors and windows, listen up.
"We have window shrink kits. Basically, it's a thin plastic that you apply with a double sided tape around the border of your window," noted Murray. "When you put it on, you then take a hair dryer and as you heat it will actually shrink the plastic and it makes it see through and you won't even know it's there."
Doors are just as simple. You want to stop the movement of air. Have you ever visited a friend's or relative's home and heard that sweeping sound as you open the door? Well, chances are they've got a double draft stop installed and they're actually quite effective.
"Whoever invented those is certainly a rich person. They work really well and all it is a vinyl sleeve that goes under your door with two pieces of round foam on both sides. It'll just sweep with your door as it moves and stop drafts from coming in underneath your door," explained Murray.
The best part of all? You'll get twice the bang for your buck. Both the window and door treatments work just as well in summer to keep the cool air in. And, both products are under ten bucks.