Weatherstripping: Lower Your Heating Cost

September 23, 2011

Drafts around doors and windows make it difficult to keep your home warm in the winter. Not only does this increase your utility bills, but it requires your heating system to work harder. By maintaining your home's weatherstripping, you can put a stop to air leaks and effectively lower your heating costs.

Weatherstripping is simply a seal that prevents air from flowing through these gaps. It is most commonly made of foam, felt, vinyl or metal. When selecting a weatherstripping option for your home, choose a one that is durable and easy to install.

At a minimum, you should apply weatherstripping to every window and exterior door in your home. Also remember to weatherstrip doors that lead to the garage or attic. For additional savings, here are some other areas to weatherize:

  • Use a spray foam to seal gaps where the plumbing and electrical enter your home.
  • Foam gaskets placed behind electrical outlet covers keep drafts from entering the wall cavity.

Follow these simple rules to achieve the best results when installing weatherstripping:

  • Clean the surface area and let it dry completely before applying any type of weatherstripping.
  • Do not apply weatherstripping when the temperature is below 20 degrees.
  • The weatherstripping should have a tight bond with the surface.
  • The weatherstripping should compress when closing the door or window.

If you’re looking for a low-cost way to reduce your utility bills, upgrade your home's weatherstripping. If you have questions about lowering your heating costs or your home’s heating system, contact Santa Fe Air Conditioning & Heating. We make life comfortable.