Air leaks are one of the biggest sources of wasted energy in your Southwest Oklahoma home. The combined energy lost through leaks around doors, windows and other openings in a typical home is equivalent to leaving a window wide open. With a relatively small investment in time and money, you can seal these leaks and earn a monthly dividend in the form of reduced energy bills and a more comfortable indoor environment.
The following weatherizing checklist includes five areas of your home you should inspect for air leaks, as well as suggestions about how to seal them.
- Windows. Use a caulking gun to seal around window frames. Then, replace any worn weatherstripping, so that windows seal tightly when they’re closed. If you have windows you won’t open all winter long, seal them with removable rope caulk. Lastly, tape sheets of clear plastic over windows to act as seasonal storm panels.
- Doors. Caulk around door frames, and replace worn weatherstripping so that air doesn’t leak around doors when they’re closed. Next, install sweeps or adjustable thresholds to seal the space beneath each door. If the door has a window, seal it just like any other window with caulk and plastic sheeting.
- Attic access hatch. Be sure your attic access hatch is insulated on the attic side. Then, add weatherstripping where the closed door contacts the frame, so that it seals tightly.
- Holes in exterior walls. Use caulk or expanding foam insulation to seal the openings in your exterior walls where they’re penetrated by water spigots, dryer vents, air conditioning tubing and other plumbing and electrical hardware. Put a foam gasket behind the electrical outlet and switch the plates on the insides of the exterior walls.
- Fireplace. Keep your damper closed when you’re not using your fireplace. You can use tight-fitting glass doors to stop drafts. If you never use your fireplace, plug the flue with insulation and cover your chimney to prevent moisture damage.
If you’re not comfortable doing these tasks yourself, call Davis Air Conditioning for help completing your weatherizing checklist. We’ll help keep your home comfortable and energy efficient all year-long.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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