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The Energy Impact of Weatherstripping Doors and Windows 

By Tiffany Reynolds

Are you concerned about rising energy costs? Looking for ways to cut back on your electricity bill? You’re not alone. Many Texans have noticed that their monthly energy bills are skyrocketing, and they want a solution to the problem. 

Fortunately, there are plenty of tricks and tips to help consumers reduce electricity bills. Power Wizard helps households across Texas find tailor-made energy solutions so they can lower their monthly bills and  stop wasting energy. 

Weatherstripping window jambs, exterior doors, and garage doors reduces energy loss and increases energy efficiency. It also reduces the average cost of heating your home. Not sure how weatherstripping works? We have you covered.  

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Learn about the different kinds of weatherstripping, how weatherstripping doors and windows will impact your electricity bill, and what Power Wizard can do to help you cut down on energy costs. 

What Is Weatherstripping? 

Weatherstripping for windows and doors is a technique for making your home truly airtight. 

Window and door frame weatherstripping keeps out cold air in winter. Your home stays warm and comfortable, and you don’t need to spend as much energy on heating. 

Weatherstripping is useful in the hot Texas summers, too. Insulating your home means that the cold air from your air conditioner stays in the house. You’ll save on your cooling bill because you won’t leak cold air. 

The US Department of Energy  recommends using weatherstripping for your doors and windows. The only question is, which type of weatherstripping is right for you? 

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The Different Types of Weatherstripping 

It’s important to look at the conditions in your home and select the kind of weatherstripping that fits your needs. Here are the most common kinds of weatherstripping. 

1. Tubular Rubber 

Tubular rubber weatherstripping relies on either vinyl or rubber tubes. The tubes normally come ready with a flange along their length, making it easy for you to staple them into place around your door or window frames. 

The door or window will also naturally press against them, forming a seal that goes a long way to keep away outside air. 

Tubular rubber weatherstripping can be very effective if you install it correctly. You can use it around your doors and windows to create an effective insulation system. It’s attractive and might be the best-looking product on the market. 

What’s the downside? Tubular rubber weatherstripping can be a challenge to install. If you’ve never done it before, you could have trouble lining up the tubing correctly. This could make your weatherstripping system less effective than it should be. 

2. Tape Weatherstripping 

Tape weatherstripping uses either foam or EDPM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) to seal doors and windows.  

You can use tape weatherstripping on any doors or windows. Apply it to door frames and to the tops and bottoms of your window sashes. You can also use tape weatherstripping on attic hatches. It’s even a good choice for corners and oddly shaped cracks. 

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Tape weatherstripping is easy to install, unlike tubular rubber weatherstripping. The tape is also affordable. When it’s correctly installed, it’s highly effective. 

The downside? The tape isn’t very durable. Some people also think it’s unattractive, especially as it ages and gets worn. If you feel that way, you may decide to use a different weatherstripping system.  

If you do use tape weatherstripping, you may also need to replace the tape on a regular basis to make sure it’s working as effectively as possible. 

3. Flexible Metal Strip 

This type of weatherstripping uses felt that’s been reinforced by a flexible metal strip. You can install it around any door or window or fit it into a door jamb. 

A flexible metal strip is easy to install. You can simply glue it into place or use staples or tacks.  

Reinforced metal weatherstripping is low-cost, which makes it a good choice if you’re trying to stick to a budget. 

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However, this type of weatherstripping usually isn’t as effective as other types. It’s subject to wear and tear. Depending on the quality of felt, it could get frayed quickly. It also doesn’t prevent airflow as well as the other kinds of weatherstripping. 

4. Self-Stick Plastic 

Self-stick plastic weatherstripping is also known as tension seal weatherstripping. 

It uses a self-sticking strip of plastic or vinyl to line the inside of a window. Self-stick plastic works best on sliding windows or double-hung windows. 

Self-stick plastic weatherstripping is affordable, although it’s more expensive than some other options. If you install it correctly, it’s very effective at stopping airflow. It’s also nearly impossible to see once it’s installed. 

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What’s the downside? Like tubular rubber weatherstripping, self-stick plastic can be hard to install correctly. If you don’t install it correctly, it can be less effective. 

Self-stick plastic weatherstripping can also make it harder to open and close windows, depending on how you do the installation. 

5. Vinyl Seals and Foam Tapes 

Vinyl seals and foam tape for weatherstripping attach directly to the tops and bottoms of your doors and windows.  

They are one of the more affordable weatherstripping solutions, and they are highly effective when installed correctly. The combination of low cost and high level of effectiveness makes them a good choice if you know how to install them correctly. 

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Yet vinyl and foam weatherstripping can be hard to install correctly, especially if you lack experience in this area. You’ll have to secure the seals and tape to the right side and nail it on. You may also want to paint them. 

Some people also find vinyl seals and foam tapes unattractive. They are always visible, so if you don’t like the way they look, they might not be the right option for you.  

How Does Weather Stripping Affect Energy Costs? 

Weatherstripping saves you money by reducing your energy bills.  

How much money weather stripping will save you depends on the size of your home, weather conditions in your area, and also on your typical energy usage.  

No two homes are the same, which means that no two energy bills are the same. That’s why Power Wizard provides an individualized plan for each and every customer.  

Weather stripping provides some steady reliable benefits for every user. 

Reduces Energy Usage 

When you apply weather stripping to your home, you’ll reduce your energy usage. You won’t need to use as much electricity to heat and cool your home. 

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That’s because your home will be protected against outside airflow. In the winter months, you won’t have as much cold air coming into your home. And in the summer, you’ll be protected from the hot outside air. 

Lowers Heating and Cooling Costs 

Weatherstripping lowers the cost of heating and cooling your home by ensuring that your climate control system doesn’t have to work as hard. 

Now, when you heat your home, the warm air won’t leak out through your doors and windows. In the same way, when you cool your home, that cool air won’t flow out through your doors and windows. 

Getting rid of those leaks will save you money on heating and cooling costs. 

Create a Barrier Against Drafts with Proper Weatherstripping in Your Home 

Want a comfortable, draft-free home? Installing the right weatherstripping can achieve that. 

Weatherstripping goes a long way to cutting your energy costs. But Power Wizard can take you a few steps further by finding the best energy plan for your home. 

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