Bob Vila Radio: Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping your home is a fairly simple do-it-yourself project that can save you a significant amount off your energy bill, whether it’s cold or hot outside. The hardest part is choosing which weatherstripping to use.



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Older windows and doors are the first place you should check for gaps that can cause air leaks. On attic windows or other openings that aren’t used, installing heat-shrink plastic sheeting can be faster and more effective than weatherstripping. But for most windows and doors, you’ll need a strip of material that will compress to seal air out at the perimeter.

V-shaped tension seals come in vinyl or metal. Tubular seals are available in rubber, vinyl, or silicone.

Avoid using felt, which doesn’t hold up well in high-traffic or wet conditions, and closed cell foam products whose manufacturing process produces greenhouse gases. And don’t forget the bottom of your door. A door sweep or door shoe can help seal out drafts.

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For more on winterizing, consider:

11 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget
Everything You Need to Know About Winterizing Pipes
Quick Tip: Winterize Your Home