Seal air leaks around windows and doors to prevent wasting home heating and cooling energy that costs you money, even in Jacksonville, Florida.
Check for air leaks
With windows and doors closed, hold a lit stick of incense near window and door frames where drafts might sneak in. Watch for smoke movement. Note what sources need caulk, sealant, and weather-stripping.
Seal air leaks around windows
If you have old windows in Mandarin, caulking and adding new weatherstripping goes a long way toward tightening them up.
- Bronze weatherstripping ($12 for 17 feet) lasts for decades but is time-consuming to install.
- Self-stick plastic types are easy to put on but don’t last very long.
- Adhesive-backed EPDM rubber ($8 for 10