Thursday, October 23, 2008

Keep cold from coming through the door

The old dollar bill trick - putting a dollar in the door of the refrigerator and closing it, then seeing if it pulls out - works on exterior doors on your home, too. (You can substitute a piece of plain paper.) Hold a paper on the door frame and close the door. If it falls to the floor or comes out easily when you tug gently on it, put in new weather stripping. If it resists coming out, the door fits the frame close enough to keep out the winter cold.


Heidi said...

I NEVER knew this little tip.
Throughout the winter, I am always stuffing rolled up towels in the space between the door and the floor. I didn't think about the frame, too. This is great info to have, just as the weather turns cold.
Plus this year I am investing in insulated drapes! It's money in the short-term but probably will help with overall heating costs.

Pat said...

Good move! Insulated drapes will pay for themselves shortly. Windows cause the greatest loss of heat from a building.