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Home and Garden December 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Tips for Sealing Air Leaks

Anonymous

Hello everyone,

As with many old homes, there are drafts around the doors and windows, do you have tips for sealing around doors and windows?  What has worked best for you?

Does this removable weatherstripping work?
http://www.homedepot.com/buy/dap-seal-n-peel-101-oz-removable-weatherstrip-caulk-18354.html

Here’s an article about the topic.
http://www.houselogic.com/ home-advice/maintenance- repair/seal-air-leaks-around- windows-and-doors/

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Caulk is your real option, outside of replacing windows. If there are really big gaps, you have some other options, but to just seal small cracks, caulk is a solid option.

When I rented an apartment with drafty windows I used the 3M/Scotch window insulator kits which involve putting up sheets of clear plastic (you don’t really notice the plastic once it’s up).  It’s not a permanent solution by any means, but it worked really well.

The plastic shrink wrap that dc chica mentioned really works for windows. Quick and easy, and cheap if you go to big lots.

I’m a fan of Seal-n-Peel for temporary use on windows that I want to open when the spring comes. It is a little expensive, but I don’t use much. It comes off very well, and is not noticable.

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