To combat the bitter temperature drop each winter, most homeowners crank up the heat in their homes. While firing up the furnace and turning on the space heaters are straightforward methods to warming a space, it’s understandable and common to worry about the amount of energy expended to keep these appliances running.
On the other hand, taking a few reasonable steps to seal air leaks around your home’s front entrance is one of the best ways to minimize energy costs. Here are some key tips on how to winterize your front wood door, so you don’t expect too much of a surprise upon opening your next utility bill.
How To Detect Potential Leaks
There are several methods to consider when checking your wood front door for drafts. To start, close it, then go back inside check for any traces of sunlight. If you see sunlight, it’s a clear indication of a draft issue.
While the first method is easiest to perform during the day, this next approach is best to do during the night and requires a flashlight and the help of an additional person. Have someone shine a flashlight over one side of the exterior doorframe. You shouldn’t see any light beams passing through the seal, but if you do, you have air leaks.
A third solution is to get your hand damp and place it over suspected leaks. If any breezes are leaking into your home, you’ll be able to feel them.
How To Seal Air Drafts
If any of the tests mentioned above reveal air leaks, you can approach wood door winterization in several ways. One way is to use caulk to fill and conceal visible cracks and holes on the doorframe.
Applying weather stripping around the doorframe is another option to cover any gaps. You may need additional material to conceal more expansive leaks.
Consider using a draft guard between the bottom of the entrance and the floor in your home. An inexpensive way to do the same thing is to place a rolled-up towel at the base.
Lock the deadbolt to strengthen its seal to add the final touch to your front wood door’s winterization.
Other Energy-Efficient Tips
After winterizing your front wood door, consider using the same approach to seal and secure windows since they’re prone to developing leaks. The best way to solve a drafty window issue is by covering the window with a sealed layer of plastic or glass.
If you’re like most homeowners, the wintry season brings you mixed feelings, especially when it involves your home’s energy costs. However, it helps to learn some key tips on how to winterize your front wood door and windows so you keep warm air in and cold air out.
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