Stripping it down: How to weatherize your home -

How to weatherize your home

You wouldn't really throw money out the window, but that's what you might be doing by letting the temperature-controlled air you pay for leak out through your doors and windows. Our home improvement expert, Kyle Carlson, shows how to cut your heating and cooling costs immediately.

"A breezy window here, a drafty door there -- you add up all these small gaps and cracks around your house and it's like having a hole in the side of your house the size of a tennis ball," says Kyle. "With a little weatherizing, we can solve this issue."

Weatherizing is about eliminating as many points of energy loss and air infiltration as possible. It makes your house feel a lot more comfortable and it cuts down on the amount of energy used to heat and cool your house, which is going to save you a lot of money.

First, make sure your door is securely closed. Take a piece of exterior aluminum weather-stripping and place it firmly against the door. Give it a little bit of compression. Take a screw and place it in the center of one of the holes in the stripping.

"A lot of people make the mistake of screwing these completely in just to find out they can't even close the door," Kyle explains. "So to eliminate that, just tack these screws in, again in the center of the hole. Hold on to the weather-stripping. Open the door a couple of times and close it just to make sure the door is functioning properly. And then, screw it down completely."

To check your work and make sure you've got a tight seal, take a credit card and slide it through. If it sticks, you did a good job.

Repeat the same process around the perimeter of the door.

"Now let's focus our attention on the window. If you have gaps in the window, sometimes a simple adjustment in the window hinges can solve the issue. If that doesn't work, try some weather-stripping. Weather-stripping is really easy to install," Kyle continues.

You can find a foam weatherizer at any hardware store and it's easy to install. Foam weather-stripping will last three to five years.

"If it's a little difficult to close your window, don't worry about it. It'll get a lot easier. You've got a tight seal," says Kyle. "So, let's do the math. You've got about $20 worth of material. About an hour's worth of your time. It's going to save you a lot of money when it comes to heating and cooling your house."

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