Make winter more comfortable by sealing up drafty areasBy Lou Manfredini
The cold winter months can be a great tool for finding all of the drafts that are working their way into your home. Eliminating those drafts are a great way to lower your energy bills and make your home more comfortable.
One of the best methods to stop drafts is a tube of caulk and a little time. Run a bead of caulking on the top edge of your base trim where it meets the wall and the bottom where it meets the floor. The same is true around door trim and window trim. Windows and doors of course are the areas of greatest loss, if replacing them is not in the cards right now then use additional weather stripping and window film to keep the drafts out. But know this: By investing and installing new windows and doors you will be more comfortable, lower the cost to heat and cool your home, and add value to your home, for sure.
Of course, I work with Marvin and am a big fan of their products. Their Infinity and Integrity windows and doors are made from Ultrex that is strong and maintenance-free. But I am a wood-window guy. Always have been, always will be. Wood adds the most value, and with an aluminum exterior they are virtually maintenance-free on the outside. Oh, and they look great, too. If you want more information, you can visit www.marvin.com.