Replacing worn weather stripping is a fairly straightforward job that most homeowners can tackle effectively. The payback is that for a little bit of effort and minimal monetary outlay, your HVAC system will operate more efficiently.
Here are some pointers on how to do it.
Choosing, Installing the Right Weather Stripping
Different types of weather stripping are designed to do different jobs.
- V strip — Also known as tension seal, this weather stripping may be plastic or metal, is V-shaped and springs into place when installed along the side of a sliding or double-hung window, or on the sides and top of a door. To install it, cut it to length, peel the backing and stick it on, or use finishing nails to keep it in place.
- Foam tape — Foam tape may be made of foam or rubber, and has a sticky back. It's available in many thicknesses and widths, so is a good choice for irregularly shaped cracks. Trim it to length and carefully stick it to the bottom and top of a window sash, or inside a door frame.
- Door sweeps — Door sweeps are essential for keeping drafts from wafting in under the door. They may be made of plastic, stainless steel or aluminum, with a strip of plastic, vinyl or nylon or a sponge brush to close the gap. The sweep should be cut to the width of the door and installed with screws.
- Felt — Felt is a good choice to install around a window sash or door, as it compresses against surfaces. Felt is available in rolls, and may be reinforced with a metal strip. It's inexpensive but will have to be replaced every couple of years as it deteriorates quickly. Staple or nail it in place.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues such as replacing weather stripping — and other HVAC and plumbing issues — so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.