Air Leaks Cost Money: Improperly Caulked Windows & Doors Lead to Air Leaks that end up Costing Homeowners Money on Energy Bills – but a Thorough, Quality Exterior Paint Job Can Help Solve this Problem
Exterior Painting Pro Tip: Seal Air Leaks by Caulking around all Doors and Windows to Prevent Energy Loss
Proper Caulking of Windows and Doors During Exterior Painting Prevents Air Leaks and Saves Money on Energy Costs
The Energy Star program says that most homeowners can save up to twenty percent on their heating and cooling costs by properly sealing air leaks. Here in New Jersey many homes are several decades old and have air leaks all over: specifically in old windows and doors. To put things in perspective, take this for example: say that you have a door that is 7 feet tall and there is a hairline crack along the side of that door that is a mere eighth of an inch wide. That long, one-eighth inch wide crack is equivalent to a ten and a half square inch opening air leak. If you had a hole in your home almost one square foot wide you would do something about it. The point: small cracks are big air leaks and they need to be addressed in order to save money on your energy bills. The good news is that fixing these air leaks is not difficult: caulking around the outside of windows and doors will help stop the problem. The best time to perform window and door caulking is during an exterior paint job. So when it comes time to have your home’s exterior painted, make sure your professional painting contractor will thoroughly caulk all doors and windows. At CraftPro, and for most quality painting contractors, caulking all doors and windows is a standard part of our exterior painting preparation. But not all painters are created equal, and since caulking takes some time and effort, some painters will skip this step in order to increase profit margins.
If you feel that you are losing energy in your home due to air leaks, read our article on how to perform a DIY home energy audit. When it comes time to hire a professional painter, don’t be afraid to ask questions. If the estimate or the contract you receive doesn’t mention caulking to reduce air leaks, ask your contractor about it. Get it in writing. It’s also important to know that not all air leaks are easily visible. Because of this, I think it’s best to choose to caulk around all windows and doors to be safe – and to prevent air leaks in the future. Sealing up those air leaks is an investment since it saves you money on your energy bills. It’s worth the extra time: caulking isn’t just for aesthetics. Keep air leaks sealed and keep your energy costs in check.
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