Weatherize for Warmth: Weatherizing your home isn’t just for winter

June 19, 2024

As you make summer plans, remember the importance of home weatherization. Although weatherization is typically associated with winter, it’s equally vital during the warmer months. Taking the time to weatherize your home during the summer ensures comfort and energy savings year-round. As we approach the warmer weather, here are a few simple and cost-effective tips to prepare for this summer.


If you have older windows, outdoor air could infiltrate through gaps and cracks around the window and frame. If you notice gaps or spaces, the window is not properly sealed, which could lead to outdoor air infiltrating the home. If you notice gaps or spaces in your windows, you can do the following to fix the issue(s):
Visually inspect the caulk, as it may no longer be sealing correctly.
Remove the old caulking if necessary, clean the area, and reapply.
If there is no caulk, apply caulk in the visible gaps and spaces.

Open and close your windows to check if they are functioning properly. If the window feels loose in the frame, this may be due to a lack of sealing. To improve the sealing, you can apply weatherstripping around your windows, creating a tight seal between the window and the frame. This is an energy-efficient and cost-effective way to improve comfort.
Another tip to consider is replacing old windows with new energy-efficient ones. Although this may be a costly investment, it can greatly improve energy savings and the overall comfort of your home.


In addition to adding weatherstripping to your windows, consider adding it to your exterior doors. Applying the weatherstripping to your exterior doors minimizes energy loss. It is cost-effective and easy to install, with options like felt or foam, the most popular option among homeowners. Another great energy-efficient tip for your doors is to add a door sweep, which provides an even tighter seal at the bottom of the door to enhance efficiency.

Yet, another way to improve energy efficiency in your home is to consider adding or replacing old insulation. Visually inspect your attic and crawl space areas for the type and amount of insulation you currently have, and refer to the latest energy code, or an insulation professional for recommended insulation types and amounts for an energy-efficient home.
By taking these steps, you’ll enhance your home’s comfort and reduce energy costs, ensuring a cool summer ahead.