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OVERVIEW

 

Feel that chilly draft coming through your doors and windows? It might not be as difficult or costly to solve as you might think!

In older homes, your doors and windows are likely the largest source of wasted heating and cooling efficiency. You can significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs by effectively insulating the draft factor of your doors and windows. The cost to eliminate drafts from these sources is low, and the time spent depends, of course, on the number of windows and doors in your home. There are several material options available to eliminate the drafts, as you will see below, and the choices amount to your preferences and budget.

 

 

Skill Level & Time to Complete

 
  • Beginner - 20 to 30 minutes per window 
  • Intermediate - 15 to 20 minutes per window
  • Advanced - 10 to 15 minutes per window



SHOPPING LIST


Materials List
   Adhesive backed plastic V-channel
   Adhesive backed foam weatherstripping
   Non-adhesive backed foam weatherstripping
   Small finishing nails
 
Tools List
   Tack Hammer
   Staple Gun
   Damp Rags

 

1. Double-Hung Windows
Be sure to install and close your storm windows to guard against major drafts. This is your first line of defense against the outside elements. Use foam weatherstripping on the underside of your bottom sash. Wipe the sash clean with a damp rag and allow to dry before adhering the foam. Be sure that the temperature is not below 50°F as the adhesive will not stick.
2. Staple the inside edge of the strip so that it remains secure in your window. Be sure that the outside edge remains compressible so that drafts are eliminated.
3. Some adhesive options are available that do not require stapling and, as a result, are easier to use. You simply remove the adhesive backing and press the foam stripping into place.
4. Use the Plastic V-channel strips to insulate the sash channels on your windows. Again, be sure to clean your window channel before removing the adhesive backing. Push the top end between your window and it's sash channel. Continue pressing along the insulating strip so that it sets properly into the channel.
5. Be sure that the channels extend at least 2" beyond the top of your window sash when the window is closed, as shown.

 

6. To be sure that the channels remain in place, nail your plastic insulators to the channel with small finishing nails and your tack hammer.
7. Be sure that you nail flush to the insulation so that the window will not snag with the nails.
8. To seal the gap between the top and bottom sash, use a plastic adhesive V-channel on the top rail on your bottom sash. Be sure that your stripping opens towards the top of your window.
9. Casement Windows
Casement windows are simpler to insulate with permanent weatherstripping. Using a damp rag, wipe clean all four sides of the outside of the window stop.
10. Use adhesive foam stripping on all four sides of the window stop. Be sure that the temperature is not below 50°F otherwise the adhesive will not stick. After you have pressed the foam into place, go over the foam a second time with your finger so that you create a tight bond.

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