To keep your home warm in the winter months and cool while using air conditioning, you will have to be on the lookout for worn weather stripping. At the first sign of a draft near your doors, it might be time to replace worn out or damaged weather stripping to keep the heat in during the cold seasons and the cool air in during the summer.
Supplies to Remove Weather Stripping
• Pry Bar
First Remove the Door
The first step in replacing your weather stripping will require you to remove the door from its hinges. This gets the door out of the way so that you can get at the weather stripping that keeps the drafts out.
Find the Weather Stripping
The next step is finding the weather stripping for your doors. It is usually located on the side of the entryway where the door connects with the jamb. Check the top and the bottom of the door that has been removed for additional weather stripping.
Removing the Weather Stripping
Place the pry bar under the weather stripping and secure it in place with the hammer. Gentle taps should be enough to put the bar in place. Pull the pry bar up toward you and remove the old worn weather stripping. Work your way all the way across the top and bottom of the door and up the entire door jamb. The screwdriver may be able to help you remove the stripping on the door as well because it may be secured to the door with screws.
Remove all of the stripping on the door and entryway so that you can properly install the new stripping.
Keeping the House Warm
Weather stripping is an important part of the construction of your home. It will keep the elements on the other side of the door so that your home is warm and toasty in the cold months. Keeping track of the weather stripping and making sure that it is in good repair will also help to keep your energy bills low. Allowing any escape of heat or cool air in the summer will only increase the price that you pay to heat or cool your home.
Checking the weather stripping in your home should be a part of your regular home maintenance. Set a schedule for checking the various areas of your home that may need to be repaired. Once a year is usually a sufficient amount of time to give the weather stripping around all the doors in your home the once over. Don’t forget to check the windows and other openings in your home to be sure that you are not leaking heat. Be conscious of drafts in the home that may be the first clue that there is a problem with the weather stripping and insulation in your home. The windows and doors are your first areas to check.
A well insulated home is one that has a low energy bill and is kept nice and warm during the winter.