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Cold Air Seeping Into Your House? Record Cold Cooling Your House?

8 Jan 2014, 11:32 am

“Air leaks can account for up to 30 to 40% of the home’s overall heat and cooling loss…”

That quote  hopefully gets you thinking about how your home is set up. puts it quite well with that statement.

Stand by your front door, or your back door, to your house.  Can you feel cold air seeping in?  That might mean you need to install weather stripping.  We’re going to talk about the benefits of that, particularly for folks who might live in the South and not “normally” get temperatures as cold as what we saw on Monday & Tuesday (and even Wednesday) mornings.

Space underneath or beside an exterior door can allow quite a bit of cold air to pool in. Thanks to for that visual example.

We talk energy & money-saving ideas for today:

Weather stripping installation.  This topic comes up for personal reasons, once again.  I recently moved into an older home – and there was no weather stripping along the doors.  During the recent cold outbreak, I found myself using masking tape on my front door frame to keep the cold air from pooling in… so it was time for an investigation.

How about this tidbit:

A space 1/8″ between your door and frame is the equivalent of a 2 inch hole in the wall.

Here are more, thanks to for some of these:

1. An 1/8″ space between a standard exterior door and its threshold is equivalent to a two square inch hole in the wall.

2. Closing that “2 square inch hole” will not only keep your house warmer in the winter, it will keep air conditioned air inside during the summer.

3. Look at your doors, if you see light anywhere around the frame of a door, it means you are losing energy.

4. Prevents noise and pest intrusion from the exterior.

5. Provides a barrier against air and water.

So there you go!  Luckily, temperatures are on the upswing, regardless.  I’ll be looking into and installing weather stripping around my front door pretty soon.

Stay tuned!

WeatherNation Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer @ashafferWNTV




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