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Weather stripping and other heat savers

Weather stripping and other heat savers

Even if winter is officially over it will continue to stay cold for many months. Take time now to make sure the cold stays out and the warm stays in. With gaps around doors or windows, you could be wasting 10-15 percent of your energy bill on escaping heat. A variety of options exist for weather stripping. So, before heading to the hardware store, check this list of comparisons.
V-strip (tension seal): Made of durable plastic or metal which folds into a “V” then fans open to bridge gaps. The V-strip is designed to go along a double-hung or sliding window or on the top and sides of a door.
Felt: Felt is sold either plain or with a reinforced metal strip. It is cheap, but not long lasting. You can use Felt around door or window sashes or in a door jamb.
Foam Tape: Made from EPDM rubber and has a sticky back. Foam tape is sold in a variety of widths and thicknesses. This is helpful for irregular-sized cracks. Foam tape is best used at the top and bottom of window sashes and inside door frames.
Door Sweeps: These are exactly what they sound like. Made from flat pieces of plastic, aluminum, or stainless steel with a strip of nylon, plastic, or vinyl to fill the space between the door and threshold.
Tubular rubber, vinyl, or silicone: These options serve as a quality air barrier. They come attached to a wood or metal mounting strip. These can go at the base of doors and windows, around a window sash, the bottom of a door, or between a door and its jamb.
Not sure which option for sealing gaps in your house is best? Let me come check it out and give you some recommendations.

Doug Diller

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