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Seal Your Home

Sealing your home is probably the most cost effective ways to save money and energy. Cracks around the house and gaps between windows and doors are the main cause of heat loss during the winter and cool air during the summer months.

In older homes where there has been a lot of settling, cracks form in walls, floors, and in the ceiling. Gaps around doors and windows can be so small that you can't see them or they are hidden by curtains, drapes, or blinds.

Cities, counties, and states are setting higher standards to make new homes more energy efficient. They pass laws that regulate how new homes are built and are forcing builders to make homes more weather resistant and durable. Builders, in most cases, are required to install more energy efficient appliances and heating and cooling systems.

But even tougher rules and regulations can't keep a home from settling. Cracks and gaps will eventually appear in new homes so as a homeowner, you will have to keep an eye on your investment and make sure it is not losing energy.

Like many other home repair or improvements, sealing your home is as simple as finding the cracks and holes and using calk or other sealants to fill them. Yet, many people don't. They go year after year wondering why their utility bills are so high, and as the costs of gas and electricity continues to rise, they pay more to heat and cool their homes.

To prevent unnecessary energy loss, these are some simple steps that can save you money.

  • To find cracks or areas that need to be sealed, light an incense stick and hold it near the bottom, sides, or the top of doors, windows, walls, and floors. You will know if there is a gap and air is coming in if the smoke doesn't go straight up.
  • Remove and replace any old or damaged caulk or other sealers in your home.
  • Caulk around windows and floors and walls that you think may have gaps or cracks.
  • If you replace doors or windows, buy and install Energy Star qualified labeled products. When you replace windows with Energy Star qualified windows and doors, it lowers household energy bills by between seven to fifteen percent. Lower energy consumption helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The doors and windows in your home need to be properly sealed to ensure your home is not wasting energy. Wasted energy means wasted money and nobody likes to waste money.

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