Winterizing Your Home
Regardless of where you live in Canada, one thing is certain, escaping the cold is impossible. You may get the occasional chinook in your area, but long-term residents of Canada know there are always a few drawn-out cold snaps.
Innovation in building materials has made a large impact on how much energy the average household uses to stay warm during the winter months. Unfortunately, not every Canadian lives in a home that has been fully updated, and since innovation never stops, there are always new ways to fight against the cold, stay comfortable, and save some energy.
Winter proofing your home doesn’t have to be expensive. There are several relatively inexpensive ways to go about making sure the heat you’ve paid for says in your home.
The majority of heat loss in your home will exit from your walls and roof, but unless you’re willing to spend a bunch of money to help prevent that, windows and doors are the next biggest contributor.
Caulking the Window Jam
Depending on the age of the home, and even with some newer homes, gaps can be found around your windows. It is remarkable the amount of cold air that can penetrate even a small opening around your window. Take a look around the outer edges of your windows on the exterior of your home. You may find that the caulk around the window has begun to crack or perhaps isn’t there at all!
Remove the old caulk using a putty knife and a sharp knife and replace it with fresh caulking.
Don’t stop on the outside. On the inside of your home, remove the molding from around the window. You may again be surprised to see gaps and openings you never knew were there. Use that same exterior caulk to fill in openings, or if the opening is larger, use expanding foam to seal the leak.
Plastic Film Kit
You can purchase a plastic film kit for the windows in your home at your local hardware store and online. Most of these kits have everything you will need to make a seal around drafty windows. Be sure to measure your windows before purchasing as these products come in different sizes and lengths of plastic.
Once you have your kit, follow the instructions on the box to seal the window or take a quick look on YouTube for helpful how-to videos.
Door Threshold Sweep and Gaskets
At one point in time, your door sealed well when you closed it, but perhaps that was several years ago. Like windows, doors are major suspects when it comes to drafts, but unlike windows, you can’t simply seal them up.
Over time the gasket around your door will become compressed and should be replaced. Fortunately, this is a relatively simple fix. This is another product that is readily available and easy to find at a hardware store. Be sure to measure first as door gaskets are sold in various lengths.
And like the sides of your doors, the threshold sweep should also be inspected for wear and tear and replaced in the event it is no longer doing its job. Depending on the door sweep you currently have, you may have to remove the door first. Be sure to consult a professional if you feel uncomfortable performing any of the tasks mentioned.