You’ve probably applied weatherstripping to your home’s windows and doors because you know that this essential maintenance step prevents warm air from seeping in during the summer and leaking out during the winter. For additional protection from drafts, these three other areas of your Shreveport home might also benefit from weatherstripping.
3 Areas that Can Benefit from Weatherstripping
Attic Hatches and Basement Doors
Hot air often accumulates in unfinished attics and basements. If the seals around attic hatches and basement doors aren’t tight enough, you could waste energy trying to keep your home at a specific temperature. Consider adding weatherstripping to these vulnerable areas, especially if you can feel a draft around them.
When your home shares a wall with your garage, you don’t want the hot air from the storage area to impact your home’s energy efficiency. Weatherstripping your interior and exterior garage doors helps you save money during both hot and cold months. Plus, it will help your garage will maintain a more pleasant temperature.
If you notice cracks around your baseboards or trim, consider filling those gaps with weatherstripping. You can use the adhesive-backed strips you would apply to doors, windows, and other items on this list, or you can fill them with caulk or silicone. Consider the depth of the cracks. If you can’t fit the strips into them, a foam solution works best.
Reducing Your Energy Consumption
Weatherstripping decreases the potential for heat loss and gain, so your air conditioner or heater doesn’t have to work as hard to sustain the temperature you prefer. Use the above tips to seal unwanted cracks in all areas of your home.
It’s also important to keep your HVAC system running smoothly. Having your system serviced by a professional once or twice per year ensures that you don’t flush money down the drain with every cycle of your AC.
If you need help with your HVAC system, call Pioneer Comfort Systems at 318-965-7200 to schedule a service visit or to discuss your options for lowering your heating and cooling costs.
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