If you didn’t happen to get around to caulking your windows and doors for these summer months, it’s not too late! You can still save on your energy bill by keeping out the heat during this hot summer and prepare for the fall and winter by keeping out the cold. This simple DIY project should be an easy task for those who are not so handy, so here are some tips to start those savings.
By caulking, you are able to seal up any gaps where air may be leaking out of or coming into your home. Who knew that by simply sealing these areas around your doors and windows can help you save money on your energy bill. In addition to these money saving tactics it can also prevent any moisture or water damage around these entryways of the home.
This DIY project makes it easy to take advantage of energy savings tips, and here is how to get started:
1. First, detect where the air leaks are coming from and choose the correct sealing weapon of choice. It is good to be educated on the various options when it comes to choosing a caulk, such as water based, silicone, spray foam, rubber based, etc. So for a longer lasting seal, waterproof, or silicone would be the best options. This way the caulk is flexible and crack proof to prevent any future leaks.
2. Second, make sure you clean the surface prior to caulking. When applying a substance that you want to last long, it is crucial to get rid of any excess dirt or old caulk followed by wiping the surface clean.
3. Then prepare your caulking gun or whichever applicator you chose. If you wish to cut the nozzle to a desired size, do so as needed. (This may be useful depending on how big the gaps are) Load your caulk cartridge into the gun and begin to evenly seal any cracks or gaps in your windows and doors.
4. After applied, it is important to wipe down any excess caulk with a wet rag or simply use your hands if you wish. Be sure to do this before the caulk has dried.
5. Now you may clean up your work area by sealing your caulk gun. Wipe any lose remnants with a clean rags so your project looks professional. By cleaning your caulk gun it will make it much easier the next time you need to use it.
Remember, when caulking around your windows or doors allow time for it to dry before painting any woodwork. This way the bristles from the paintbrush won’t remove any caulk from the gap you just filled. By doing this it will minimize more work down the road!