Weather-stripping is a job you can easily perform around your home with
the right tools and some instruction. The new materials used in
weather-stripping are inexpensive and easy to install, unlike the old metal
weather-stripping that required the hiring of a skilled carpenter.
Weather-stripping eliminates drafts immediately, so you will notice the
comfort level of your house increase right away. Also, you will receive a
payback in "energy dollars saved" within the first season, which is certainly
not true for all energy saving projects.
Weather-stripping comes in all shapes and styles. Its purpose is to keep
air where it's supposed to be: warm air inside your home and cold air
outside. Doorjambs and electrical outlets can be significant sources of
drafts in your home and are a good place to begin your weather-stripping.
To install weather-stripping on doors:
Cavities between wall studs are excellent channels to move warm air from
your home to your cold attic. You can prevent this by sealing off the source
of warm air-often an electric outlet or light switch. Simply remove the
switchplate and install precut foam insulation pads and reinstall the
Easy, right? Don't send any more of your hard-earned money up the
chimney on heating bills this winter. Weather strip!