The door is one of the areas in the house that can easily cause heat exchange between the indoor and the outdoor environment. It’s especially true if the door is not weather stripped, leaving a draft that can drastically sip energy away, whether heat or cold air, making your heater and air conditioner working hard to heat or cool. As a result, you will be paying through the roof for your utility bill due to the extra usage of electricity.
Weather stripping a door is important and it’s part of the home insulation process that needs to be taken care of. It takes only a few minutes to weather strip a door and the best part is that you can do it on your own without having to hire any contractor. The following are some guidelines based on a Do It Yourself (DIY) basis which means you are not only saving money but also making your home more comfortable to live.
The first thing to weather stripping a door is to check potential drafts through exterior door to determine if the door needs to be weather stripped. The easiest way to do this is to place a piece of paper between the door and the frame and close the door. Alternatively, you can ask someone to shine a flashlight around the edges of the closed door. I still think the paper method is better as shining a light with a flashlight is subtle and might not be easily done.
After you have placed the piece of paper and the door is closed, try to slide the paper out or see the light from the flashlight if you use the flashlight method. If the paper can be easily slide out without breaking apart, the door’s seal needs to be weather stripped. Generally the kits for weather stripping a door are easily available in many varieties, ranging from the flexible tubes to other material that’s often aided with a strip of thin metal.
Basically all you have to do is to purchase these kits at the hardware store. After that, you just cut the weather stripping material in the kit to fit the sides and top of the door frame. Nail, screw or stick it in place if necessary, depending on the kits. Some don’t necessary require nailing to be done. To ensure perfect stripping and maximum efficiency, you need to make sure the strip touches the door but doesn’t prevent it from closing properly.
After you have stuck the strips to the frames, check to see if there are any broken or uneven parts that might leak heat or cool air out. The strip can last for a long time and they are cheaply available.
In conclusion, weather stripping a door not only seals the door against cold or hot air, but also prevents pollens and dust from entering. That’s one of the easiest home insulation methods that you can do on your own or DIY to save money and make your home as comfortable as possible.
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