Monmouth County gets mighty cold in the winter, and air leaks in your home can dramatically increase your energy bills while decreasing comfort. Air sealing your home is a simple, inexpensive task that you can complete in an afternoon, but the benefits are far-reaching.
According to Energy Star, sealing your windows and other air leaks in your home’s envelope will lower your energy bills and increase your comfort, along with:
- Reducing outside noise.
- Reducing allergens in your home.
- Offering better humidity control.
Since your windows account for the majority of air loss, weatherizing windows is a good place to start.
Weatherizing Windows: What You’ll Need
All you need to weatherize windows in your home is:
- Silicone caulk.
- Rope caulk.
- Expandable foam if you have large gaps and cracks around the exterior of your windows.
- Adhesive-backed weatherstripping.
- Window insulation kits.
Seal the Exterior
Begin with the exterior of your home.
- Use the silicone caulk to seal the outside edges of your windows where they meet the exterior wall.
- Seal large holes or gaps with expandable foam.
- Install storm windows if you have them.
Seal the Interior
Once the outside of your home is sealed, move indoors.
- Use silicone caulk to seal the outsides edges of your windows where they meet the wall.
- Open each window and install the weatherstripping along the bottom to create a impenetrable seal.
- Use removable rope caulk to seal around the moving parts of the window.
- Install plastic shrink film over windows that don’t have storm windows. You can also install it on the exterior.
During the cold months, open your drapes or blinds during the day to let the sun heat up your rooms. Close them on cloudy days and at night.
Consider an Energy Audit
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a home energy audit can help you pinpoint exactly where your home is losing energy to help you save considerably on your energy bills.
To schedule an energy audit or learn more about weatherizing windows, please contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, proudly serving the Monmouth County area with a high level of customer satisfaction.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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