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How to Weatherize Your Home

Updated on December 3, 2011

Keeping the Cold Out of Your Home

Weatherizing is essential to keeping your house the temperature you are desiring, whether warm or cold. There are some basic steps as well as some more intricate ones, some are very minimal cost while others can be quite costly. It really just depends on how much you have to spend. You don't need a lot of money to weatherize your home.

The quickest and easiest way to weatherize is by caulking. This seals all the little cracks and holes that will let air into your home. You want to caulk around windows, door frames (inside and out,) and along the floor where your wall meets floor.

Another cheap way to weatherize is with duct tape. For windows, you open your window and put a strip of duct tape on each side where it goes up and down, and one strip across the bottom part of the window. You can also do this with drafty doors.

How to Put Plastic on Windows

Putting plastic on windows is another form of weatherizing that usually makes the biggest difference in air seepage into your home. Unfortunately, if you want to insulate your windows it must be done when they are put in, and most of the time windows are already put into a home or apartment.

To plastic windows you can purchase a "window kit" that will have everything you need or you can purchase rolls of plastic and wide clear tape and it is just as effective. The only difference is with a window kit, the plastic is pre-cut to whatever size window you have. With a roll you will have to measure it and then cut the plastic to fit your window.

Sealing Wall Outlets for Plugs

Most people don't realize it, but air can also come through outlets in your wall. To stop this just buy some stoppers that you use for babies and put them in the plugs. You can also use clear tape and put them right over the whole outlet, and it is not visible.

You can also get foam pieces that you put underneath the cover of the outlet. A lot of window kits come with these as well. You just unscrew the cover, stick it in and screw it back onto the wall.

Wood Floors

If you don't have carpet, than I'm sure you've noticed that in the Winter your wood floors get cold. An easy solution to this is to put down throw rugs. This helps insulate your home as well as alleviating the cold underneath your feet.


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    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I live in a very old Victorian home and every year we have to winterize our home. The plastic on the windows works really well. Thanks for sharing some very useful tips.


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