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How to Weather-Proof Your House for Summer

March 11, 2011 | Apartment Lifestyle, Everyday Living

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner, which means that things are going to get hot. It also means that if you haven’t weatherproofed your house for summer yet, it’s time to start thinking about that. Fortunately, we’re here to help you learn what you need to know about how to weather-proof your home.

Why Weather-Proof Your Home?

Your first question may be: “Why weatherproof your house?” If your family has unlimited financial resources, maybe you don’t have to. If, on the other hand, like most of us, you’re keeping a watchful eye on your budget, it may interest you to know that heating and cooling can represent nearly three quarters of your energy costs. Interested in cutting into a giant chunk of your electricity bill? Then weatherproofing for summer is the way to go.

How Do You Weather-Proof Your Home?

The answer, friends, is insulation, insulation, insulation. It’s all about preventing the cool air from escaping your home through windows, cracks, and other permeations in your home’s structure. A single inch of insulation in the right areas can save you hundreds of dollars over the long haul.

Step-By-Step Weather-Proofing

  1. Get a flashlight and do a thorough survey of your home. Closely examine any area that could offer air a chance to escape to the outside of your residence. This includes doors, windows, vents, and possibly even electrical socket panels and light switches. Examine all of these areas and try to feel whether air is flowing through. You may even go as far to get a small fan or a friend to blow some air from the inside and see if you can detect it on the outside.
  2. Determine what kind of insulation you’ll use. There are plenty of tools available for you to insulate, and you can get them at your local home improvement store in no time. Whether it’s fiberglass insulation, spray insulation or caulk, this stuff pays for itself in no time.
  3. The third step is installing the insulation. This is often an extremely straightforward process that is simply a matter of applying the insulation to the necessary area. If you are not comfortable installing insulation, you can ask the staff at your home improvement store if they will go over the basics with you, and you may want to ask a friend with experience to help out. Weather stripping is one of the easiest forms of insulation to install on your own. You can buy weather stripping in various widths and just cut and peel it off as needed to line your door frames, windows, and other cracks and crevices.

Summer is fun, but wasting money on air conditioning is not. Get that insulation stuck on, sprayed on, or installed today to stop those extra energy dollars from literally slipping through the cracks.

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