Tips on Draft-Proofing Your Home
There are different ways a home uses energy, but the biggest contributor to the cost of your energy use is heating. It’s no wonder that these days, every homeowner, remodeler, home improvement contractor and full-service restoration company in the country is concerned about energy efficiency in home performance.
You can reduce your home’s energy use — even by a small margin — by draft-proofing it. Your home will be more comfortable at lower temperatures, so you can save on your energy bills. KAT Construction LLC shares some tips for success.
Weatherstrips are cheap yet effective at reducing drafts. You can use them around door and window frames. You can replace broken or worn weatherstrips on your own so you don’t even have to pay for labor.
Use Door Sweeps
If your doors don’t have sweeps, it’s time to install some, as emergency restoration services providers would agree. Replace door sweeps that are too old to still be effective. Spend a bit more and get heavy-duty ones that last a lot longer. Make sure your sweeps match the door color.
Use Foam Tape
This is a quick and easy fix for old doors that have warped or lost their snug fit. Carefully feel for drafty areas and apply the tape.
Use Window Film
It’s difficult to do anything about old windows, especially if they are single-pane, but some window film might reduce leaks. Many off-the-shelf films are easy to find and apply, but it’s probably best to hire a professional if you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself.
Caulking is great but it also ages and gets degraded. Re-caulk the areas around windows to ensure a tight seal against drafts.
It’s not such a bad idea to replace your old windows, as restoration professionals would suggest. You may like your old windows but they may already be drafty. Your home will benefit from the installation of new, better-looking and performing replacement windows manufactured using today’s technology.
KAT Construction LLC can take on the project of window replacement, as well as other services you might need to improve your home. Call us today at (612) 326-1122 or fill out our contact form. We serve clients in St. Paul or in Rochester, MN.