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Weatherproof Your Home This Thanksgiving Season

November 18, 2012

weatherproof chicago new homesDuring your holiday dinner, the last thing you want is for your guests to complain that they are cold!
Here are some tips on how to seal your home, making sure that everyone is warm and cozy during the upcoming winter season.

  • Find all of the areas in your home where cold air is most likely to enter. Mail chutes and window frames can frequently let in cold air. Other areas of concern include entrance areas for electricity and gas, cable TV and phone lines, pipes, dryer vents and cracks in the foundation.
  • Measure door and window frames to properly install weatherstripping. For windows, you will need to measure the top and bottom sides of the window sash. For doors, be sure to measure the entire door frame. If you want the best weatherstripping results, be sure to follow the directions on the packaging.
  • Install a door sweep or shoe on the bottom of all doors that lead to the exterior or to any unheated areas of the home.
  • Seal leaks around pipes and cracks in the foundation with caulk or putty. You can find caulk or putty at most home improvement stores.

After following these tips, you’ll feel warmer and cozier and notice a drop in your heating bills!

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