In the dead of winter when the wind starts to howl, you will be very glad you took the time to windproof your home. When the wind starts it can find ways through your siding, your insulation, around your windows and doors, and drive up your heating costs. These little drafts can make a large difference in your heating bill, but can be avoided.
Taking some time to windproof your home, while upgrading your home's insulation will drastically reduce your home heating costs. Wind proofing your home is not a difficult project, but can be time consuming and labor intensive.
A great place to windproof your home is in the landscaping itself. If you have a lot of wide open grounds where the wind can assault your home unabated, then adding some wind breaks will help a lot. Many people will use several rows of shrubs of varying heights. However, a few trees in a row, a fence, and even playground equipment will help divert wind from a straight path to your home.
Doors and Windows
One of the biggest areas of concern in your home is the windows and doors. If you have an older home, then these areas are not as air tight as the newer windows and doors. Consider replacing them with thicker pane windows and energy efficient insulated doors. If this is not in your budget, then you can also use the newer foam insulation around the perimeter of the windows and doors. Apply on the outside of the home for a better barrier. Remove the trim from around the window or door and apply a thick coating of the insulation. It will expand to fill in any cracks. Replace the trim pieces.
After you have sealed the areas around the door, you should also add new weather stripping on the top and bottom of the door. Run your hand around the top, or the bottom, of your door when it is windy. If you have an older door you will probably feel a slight draft. This is because the weather stripping has failed. Remove it with a scraper and apply a new weather stripping.
Shrink Wrap Windows
A very easy fix if you are in the middle of the winter and feel a lot of draft coming in around your windows is to apply a layer of shrink wrap plastic. Cut the plastic wrap to cover your window and shrink it, forming an airtight seal over your window, with a heat gun. You will still be able to see out the window. In most cases, you will not even know it is there. However, this is a temporary fix and should be taken care of in warmer weather.
Vents, such as dryer vents, crawlspace vents, and attic vents, can let in a lot of cold air and moisture. Use vent covers that can be opened and closed to seal off any wind, or driving rain.
If you have old siding on your home, it will help tremendously to replace the siding on your home with vinyl, or new shingles. While you are replacing the siding, you can also replace the insulation, and house wrap to create an air tight barrier.