Central New Jersey gets mighty cold in the winter, and if your home isn’t sealed tight, you can expect to pay more for less comfort. Sealing air leaks is an easy DIY task that can be done in a weekend. Weatherizing windows is an ideal place to start tightening your home against the elements, since they account for a large portion of infiltrating air.
The benefits of weatherizing windows include:
- Reduce noise from outside.
- A reduced load on your furnace or heat pump.
- Lower energy bills.
- A lower carbon footprint.
- A higher level of comfort.
What You Need for Weatherizing Windows
Weatherizing windows is fairly inexpensive and can improve your energy efficiency. All you need is:
- Silicone caulk.
- Rope caulk.
- Expandable caulk.
- Weather insulation kits.
- Adhesive-back weatherstripping.
Caulk is fairly easy to work with, but if you’ve never used it, be sure to read the directions carefully.
Inspect the exterior of your windows, looking for large gaps and cracks around the frame. Fill these with expandable caulk. Use silicone caulk to seal around the window frame where it meets the exterior wall of the house. Install storm windows if you have them.
Seal around the seam where the window frame meets the wall. Open the windows, and apply the weatherstripping to the tops and bottoms to create a tight seal when the window is closed. Use the rope caulk, which is removable in spring, to seal around movable parts of the windows. Finally, install the window insulation kits if you don’t have storm windows.
Consider a Home Energy Audit
Windows are usually the worst culprits when it comes to air leaks, but baseboards, recessed lighting fixtures, the attic hatch, and service entrances can also leak cold air into the house. A professional or DIY energy audit can help you pinpoint where leaks are reducing your energy efficiency to guide your sealing efforts.
For more information about how an energy audit can lower your energy bills, or for more advice about weatherizing windows, please contact us at Elite Air, proudly serving Hamilton and greater Central New Jersey.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Trenton, New Jersey about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about weatherizing windows and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or give us a call at 609-401-2655.
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