One of the main challenges of living in New England is the bitter cold that comes with winter. Not only are you constantly trying to bundle up both inside and outside your home, but heating your house can not only be challenging but also very expensive. Fortunately, there are some easy things that even you can do yourself at home to bring your costs down!

One of the easiest ways to reduce your heating expenses is by sealing the drafty windows and doors that might be present in your home. This task is not only simple and quick to accomplish, but it will leave you warm and cozy on snowy days while not breaking the bank and saving you money. 

In order to do this, there are a few items that you will need, namely latex caulk and a ratchet rod caulk gun. The first step involves the removal of the old caulk that might be present. Following this, it is necessary to clean the area thoroughly to ensure that the new caulk adheres properly. To prevent the caulk from getting on the surrounding surfaces, it is advisable to tape off the area.

Once these preparatory steps are completed, you can proceed to cut the tip of the caulk tube at a 45-degree angle. The next step involves using the trigger of the caulk gun to apply a thin line of caulk. It is recommended to use a glove and run your finger over the wet caulk to smooth it out and ensure an even application. After the application, it is crucial to let it dry for a period of 24 hours. Once this period has passed, you will find yourself in a warm environment and will be saving on heating costs in no time!

To recap, here is the breakdown of the steps:

  • You will need a latex caulk and a ratchet rod caulk gun.
  • First, remove the old caulk.
  • The area should then be cleaned thoroughly for the new caulk to adhere properly.
  • Tape the surrounding area to avoid getting caulk on unwanted surfaces.
  • Cut the tip of the caulk tube is cut at a 45-degree angle.
  • Apply a thin line of caulk is applied using the trigger of the caulk gun.
  • Wear a glove to run a finger over the wet caulk to smooth it out.
  • The caulk should be allowed to dry for 24 hours.

Looking to find more ways to save on heating costs? Call Unified Builders about your home and lets discuss how we can make a difference!

Source: Bob Vila