Adding weatherstripping to your Easton, Maryland, home will keep you cooler in summer and warmer in winter, lower your utility bills, reduce noise and pollution, and help the environment. It’s simple, quick, and inexpensive. Weatherstripping can also extend your HVAC system’s life by reducing its workload and preventing wear and tear. Some of the best, most surprising places to use weatherstripping in your home are your attic door, your garage doors, and your baseboards.
Attic Hatch or Door
In cold weather, warm air rises, just like it does in a chimney. This wastes energy and makes heating your home difficult. Use self-sticking weatherstripping to seal the edges of your attic hatch or door. If your hatch rests directly on the moldings, add several 2.5-inch wide stops around the opening to provide a wider surface for attaching the weatherstripping. Make sure the latch to your attic door or hatch compresses the weatherstripping slightly when you close it.
Garage doors without weatherstripping often have big gaps around their tops and sides. If your garage is drafty or hot in summer or you can see light shining through your garage door even when it’s closed, add neoprene weatherstripping immediately. Leaving your garage doors unprotected is like leaving all your windows cracked open. Weatherstripping also keeps out pests.
In your basement and the rest of your home, cover cracks near baseboards and between walls and ceilings with weatherstripping or caulk. A rope-like foam type of weatherstripping called “backer rod” works well when you place it underneath baseboards, while caulk is best for smaller cracks.
Griffith Energy Services has more than 100 years of HVAC experience, and we can help you install, maintain, and repair a variety of HVAC equipment. Our maintenance agreements can help you save money and keep your heater and air conditioner working well. We also provide home energy audits to help you find any other places in your home that need weatherstripping. Call us anytime at 888-474-3391 for excellent service.
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