If your home is newly built or renovated, you’re probably wondering why you still need to add weather stripping, particularly in the doors and windows. Well, the fact that homes these days are built according to the strictest standards doesn’t mean it is already energy efficient. Even the most expensive and sturdiest door and window materials aren’t an excuse for the lack of weather stripping.
Now if the builder of your home decided to use cheap materials in those doors and windows, everything becomes prone to deterioration, contraction, and some significant changes due to the foundation settling. As a result, gaps will eventually show up in between the frames and the walls. There even might be instances in which the door frame suddenly becomes slightly misaligned. These occurrences are the primary reasons why drafts are going in or the heat you produce inside using your heating equipment are escaping at will.
Therefore, it really makes perfect sense to add some weather stripping in your home if you really want to maximize the use and consumption of energy. It’s just way too impractical to be using your heating and cooling equipment at their maximum level but you’re still not comfortable enough inside. But if you’re not particularly sure if you need weather stripping or if you’re losing energy inside due to gaps and leaks, the best way to figure that out is to get an energy audit. There are three ways to do this. First, you can tap the services of contractors that specialize in whole-house audits. But if you think you don’t have to spend that much cash for that kind of service, you can instead do a low-cost audit using inexpensive kits. Finally, you might want to visit your local electric utility company since they might be able to provide you a free energy audit.
The purpose of an energy audit in relation to weather stripping is that it will tell exactly if there is a problem with your energy use. And if it is proven that you are indeed wasting away energy, it only means that you can start doing something about it, beginning with weather stripping doors and windows that have drafts. There are so many other things you can do like adding insulation or upgrading your HVAC system, but all those will need some significant monetary investment. With weather stripping though, you’re addressing the problem without having to break the bank.
When it comes to the type of weather stripping to use, there actually are quite a few options out there, including foam strips which aren’t just convenient and quick to install but also are affordable. They come with a glue backing for easy adhesion. Another option is metal strips, which are tight-fitting and are known to be more durable and permanent compared to foam strips. The nice thing about metal strips is that they offer a more effective cushion between the window and its frame, which means its function of opening and closing won’t be affected. As for doorframes and window corners, you need to find cracks and seal them using putty or caulk.