Sealing Your Houston Home for Fall and Winter
Are you wondering why you should be sealing your home for fall and winter? An average family spends approximately one third of their annual cooling and heating budget on air that seeps into the house through unintentional cracks and gaps. You can use the money that you waste in energy costs in just one year to fix the majority of these leaks yourself. You'll be able to make your home more comfortable while saving money. How you can lose? As you put together a strategy for sealing your home for fall or winter based on the following tips, start in the attic and work your way down to the main floor of the house.
Attics and ceilings
Do you have an unfinished attic? Check for leaks between the attic and the space below and fix them accordingly. Even when the attic floor in insulated, you can still seal gaps. Wear a dust mask and gloves, carefully push the insulation out of the way, and use spray foam insulation to seal the gaps. In order to prevent a fire hazard, ensure that all fixtures have an insulation contact or IC rating before applying foam.
Many Texan homes have cooling and heating forced-air units with ducts to circulate the air. It is not uncommon to find leaks in ducts that result in large energy losses. The size of the leak determines the appropriate fix. Most sealing services opt for mastic duct sealant that is reinforced with fiber, which requires a brush or latex-glove-covered hand for application. For joints in between sections, use aluminum duct tape. Duct sealant tubes that fit into a caulking gun are perfect for small leaks.
Glues and chimneys
Texas homeowners with fireplaces must check for gaps around the chimneys and flues. Building codes necessitate that wood framing be a minimum of one inch from metal flues and two inches from brick chimneys, which means that there will be gaps. Cut aluminum flashing to fit the gaps and use a high-temperature silicone caulk to seal them in place. Wrap an aluminum flashing around the flue to keep insulation a sizable space between the flue and the hot flue pipe. Cut and bend a set of one inch tabs in the top and bottom cylinder edges to maintain the spacing. Any time you're not using the fireplace, don't forget to close the damper.
Windows and doors
The majority of the large drafts in the living spaces of the home take place around the windows and doors. Do you have older windows? Apply caulk and new weather-stripping on the windows to decrease the drafts. Weather-stripping is an effective solution for drafts around doors as well
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