Weather-stripping your doors and windows is a cost-effective way to reduce energy waste. Weather stripping come in a variety of materials including wood, foam, metal, rubber, and vinyl. In order to determine the type of weather stripping you will need to seal a particular area, your will want to consider several factors. These include the amount of friction the area will receive, exposure to weather, and any cosmetic issues you are worried about. It is an easy project that even an inexperienced DIY’er can do and this tutorial will show you how to apply weather-stripping to your home.
Adhesive-backed foam tape is sold in rolls and is good for window sashes and door frames. It is sold in varying widths and thicknesses and all you have to do is peel the paper backing and stick in place.
A V-seal weather-strip is a metal or plastic folded into a v shape that springs open when installed to bridge gaps. It is also know as a tension seal. You cut it to length and can either peel and stick it or nail it along the sides of sliding or double-hung windows.
Felt is also a great option for a door or window sash or around a doorjamb. It can be stapled or nailed into place and can compress to allow ease of movement and less friction.
Tubular rubber is an effective method for the base of doors windows, the tops and bottoms of window sashes, and between a door and its jamb. It is an effective air barrier that is made of a rubber or vinyl tubing that may be attached to a wood or metal mounting strip. It can be peel and stick or installed with screws through slot holes.
Lastly, any well-sealed door needs a door sweep. These are flat or u-shaped pieces of aluminum, plastic, or stainless steel. They are fitted with strips of plastic, nylon, vinyl, or a sponge brush that fills the space between the door and the threshold. Cut the sweep to the appropriate size and then install along the bottom of the interior side with screws.
Altogether, you can save up to $200 a year in energy costs by insulating and sealing your home with Energy Star rated products.