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The most common complaint in the cold winter months about older doors is they are drafty, or don’t insulate well anymore. In fact, a door is usually one of the first places you tend to notice energy issues. The reason is because it is opened and closed and used so often. Add to this the fact that they are heavy and held up by only a few screws and hinges around a frame, and the potential for problems increases with age.
What can go wrong?
Even newer doors can have energy gaffes. …
Oh, what time savers these little guys are. The mailman delivers your mail through a slot in your door. No more walking out to the mailbox in the rain or snow or any other weather to get the mail.
There’s one problem.
Usually, these mail slots are very poorly insulated. Even if they are better insulated then most, there is a hole in your door where air can escape and cold air can be introduced.
And how can you ask to give up on one of the perks of being …
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Unfortunately, there is some bad news that comes along with sealing windows, walls, and doors that may leak. That something is air pollution or contamination within the home. By sealing cracks, you’re saving heat but also giving pollutants less opportunity to escape your home. Carbon Monoxide, an odorless, colorless and very poisonous gas can also be trapped.
To reduce this risk, make sure you change the filter on your furnace often, preferably with a premium one that stops as much allergens and particles as possible. Be especially vigilant if …
When you’re talking about saving money on your heating and cooling, aside from changing some habits, this is where most of your work will probably be…windows and doors. Plus…a lot of the work involved is simple and can be done in no time at all.
Windows and doors are unique because they connect you and your house to the outside world. They can open and close, letting air from the outside in your home. Conversely they can ventilate – let air from inside the home outdoors.
And because they open and …
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Do you know what a door sweep is? It is a small piece of rubber or plastic that is typically at the bottom of an outer facing door. It is there to prevent cold air from seeping into the house through the gap that naturally exists.
The problem is after frequent usage, a door sweep will wear out and typically fall off or become damaged. When this happens, you will notice cold air seeping through the bottom of the door in the winter months.
Replacing the door sweep is usually not a …