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EARLY every exterior door has a leak of some kind and it is costing homeowners more than they think.


Take a look at your door on a bright day. Close the


door, turn off the lights and close the shades to make it as dark as you can. Concentrate closely on the perimeter of the door. Do you see any light coming through?


Craig Hendrickson


Residential Energy Auditor


most certainly air infiltration.


Air infiltration is a double-edged sword because air can come in and escape through the same gap. If the wind is blowing hard, even more unconditioned air can enter your home.


When the climate control system is operating, your home becomes pressurized and forces your conditioned air outside through the same gaps. Movement of air into and out of your home causes your climate control system to kick on more often and is costing you precious energy dollars.


Now open the door to see if there is good weather stripping in place along the entire perimeter, including the threshold seal. If there is none, consider a trip to the hardware store. If there is no threshold seal in place or if it is in bad shape, get one of those, too.


From a kneeling position, look at the bottom of the door where it meets the threshold. There could be a large gap present. If light can be seen, there is


This may sound like a lot of trouble so let’s justify your time, money and labor to install:


The perimeter of a normal exterior door is 20 feet or 240 inches. Let’s say the gap averages to only 1/64 of an inch. That calculates to be a 3 ¾-inch hole. Often times there will be weather stripping in place, but it has come loose or a pet has damaged a section. Be sure to re-attach the good weather stripping back in place and replace any section that is damaged.


Before you head off to the hardware store, test the door to see if it closes tightly. If the door is loose, there might be an easier fix. From inside your home, close the door and push in firmly to hold it there. If the light disap- pears from around the door, reposition the strike plate. outward. This will force the door to rest tightly against the weather stripping and create a better seal.


Save energy, cut costs WITH A HOME ENERGY AUDIT


A home energy audit from Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative can help you make the most of your energy dollar. It’s a great way to save energy at home and help offset fluctuating energy prices.


Our certified auditor will help you learn:


• Techniques to help lower your home’s energy use. • How much money you can save when you use less energy. • How energy efficiency can improve your comfort year-round.


Our home energy audits are available to all residential members of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative. Call 1-918-256-9392.


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