how to fix air leaks in your home having a sixteenth of an inch unsealed crack around a window is like leaving the window open three inches decrease your heating bill and your energy use by sealing up air leads you will need cop cartridges a caulking gun a putty knife and weather stripping optional expanding foam sealant step 1 remove all old caulk around the area you’re going to seal with the putty knife make sure the surface is clean and dry step 2 use a strong cleaning solution if necessary to remove all grease and grime step 3 how to quarter inch off the tip of the caulk cartridge and load it into the caulking gun cocking guns with an automatic release create much less mess than simple guns and are well worth the extra few dollars step 4 during warm dry weather at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit find all gaps and cracks that are less than a quarter inch wide step 5 start with the attic and basement to fix the leak hold the caulking gun at a 45 degree angle and apply in one smooth continuous motion completely filling in all gaps avoid creating air pockets in a cop many different types of caulk are available choose one that will bind to all materials you’re filling in more expensive clock tends to last longer if you still feel drafts filling joints around windows and door frames both inside and outside your house step 7 fill in all gaps created by the junction of siding and other materials like the chimney foundation and roof these are common places for air to escape your house is shallow for gaps that are wider than a quarter inch use an expanding foam ceiling instead of cost step 8 to make windows and doors more airtight use weather stripping select an appropriate material based on how much wear and tear the stripping will experience step 9 make sure all surfaces to be leather stripped are clean and dry then measure the length twice and cut the stripping to fit make sure the stripping forms a good seal without sticking did you know new energy-efficient windows and doors can save you 25 to 40 percent on energy costs that translates to 125 to 450 dollars savings each year for an average house

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