When it comes to looking for ways to save in your home, gaps and cracks around windows and doors may not be the first things that come to mind. But they should be! Sealing up those sneaky areas can help keep the warm air in during the winter and out during the summer, improving your home's energy efficiency. The best part: you can do it yourself! And we promise, it won't be a Pinterest fail.
If this is your first time attempting DIY fixes around your home, you might be wondering where to get draftproofing supplies. Most home hardware stores carry v-seal and foam weather stripping, as well as foam insulator pads for your outlets and light switches that are on external walls.
How to apply foam weather stripping
1. Once you've identified the area you want to seal, make sure it's nice and clean before you start.
2. Measure out the length of the area you’re looking to seal. For example, if you’re sealing around your door, measure the door from top to bottom.
3. Cut your foam weather stripping to measured length and peel off the plastic from the adhesive side.
4. Stick the adhesive side of the foam weather stripping to the area you want to seal. Double-check that the adhesive is applied properly all the way from the top to the bottom.
Voila! Foam weather stripping installed in just four steps.
How to apply v-seal weather stripping
V-seal weather stripping is made from plastic or metal and is folded into a "V" shape that opens up to fill gaps. Use this for areas such as double-hung or sliding windows and on the top and sides of doors.
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A draftproofing don't
When sealing cracks and gaps around windows and doors, make sure that you do so in a way that still allows you to open and close them as needed. Don't apply caulking or double-sided tape as a quick fix for draftproofing in a way that will seal your windows and doors shut.