Home Weatherproofing is Not Just for Winter

Home Weatherproofing is Not Just for Winter

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Springtime invites thoughts of gardening, lawn renewal and garage sales, but it doesn’t necessarily bring “weatherproofing” to the mind of most homeowners. After all, sealing windows and doors is something you do in the fall, before winter’s fury settles in.

That kind of thinking is understandable, but it isn’t correct. At least it isn’t something that should be done only before cold weather settles in. Many of today’s homes are designed to maximize weather efficiency with windows and doors selected to limit the loss of heat as well as air-conditioned comfort. So, before temperatures begin to head toward 90 degrees, you’ll want to ensure that the following weatherproofing steps have been completed:

Get out the caulk — Inside and out, caulk can be used to seal most cracks wherever they are found. Use silicone caulk to handle gaps found around dryer vents, spigots, telephone or cable lines and other points of entry on the exterior of your home. Inside, use expandable foam to seal between floorboards and base boards, an ideal way to keep drafts and bugs at pay and to seal in air-conditioning.

Examine door alignments — Just one wintry gust can pull your front door out of alignment, a common occurrence that homeowners sometimes don’t notice until the following the following winter when winter winds return. Check hinges, using a screwdriver and a hammer to put everything back in place. Adjust latches and strike plates; use weatherstripping as needed. Rubber compression strips can be placed in channels in patio door jambs. Add a wind chain to storm doors if one is missing, broken or ineffective.

Seal your windows — You can cut and install v-channels in sash channels for your windows. With single or double hung windows, raise the bottom sash use reinforced felt or a tubular gasket along the bottom of your windows. Attach foam compression strips to outside of storm windows an use peelable caulk around the storm windows, but don’t close up weep holes.

There are other steps you can take to ensure that your home is as close to airtight as possible this summer:

If you’re using window air-conditioning units, you’ll want to ensure that weather stripping is properly in place. Your a/c unit will have to work harder if warm, outside air can gain entrance into your home. Energy prices are sky high right now — you cannot afford to waste energy.

You may also want to consider replacing your thermostat if your current unit is aged or isn’t automated. With an automatic thermostat you can set your air or heat to come on at certain times of the day, controlling your home’s temperature and keeping a lid on your electric bill.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".