Just in time for the freezing Dallas temperatures this week I had a story run in the newspaper about strategies for keeping out the cold:
- Weatherstrip your exterior doors
- Run a humidifier to feel warmer
- Use expansion foam to seal between materials in the exterior of the house
- Insulate the attic
The main takeaway for me was about a door weatherstrip category called “jamb up.” It was the consensus suggestion for old problem doors that don’t have a built-in groove for vinyl weatherstripping. “Jamb up” stripping is made of a rigid metal, composite, or wood frame with an attached rubber gasket. It is installed on the outside of the door around the jamb and butts up against the door when it closes. It fills large uneven cracks, and if you can find the wood type, it can be painted to match the door and blend in with everything else. Not as invisible as the strips on new doors, but better than sticky foam.
Here’s the best online description I found of the product and how to install it, from The Family Handyman: http://www.rd.com/familyhandyman/content/18170
And here is what it looks like: