- How does energy escape from my home?
- Should I hire a
professional or can I find and seal leaks on my own?
Your home should be tested twice a year (once in the
spring and again in the fall) to see if you are
protected from energy loss, pollution, pests, and
moisture. You can perform an inspection yourself by
using one of three simple tests:
- Test #1: The dollar bill test: Place a dollar bill
between the doorjamb or between the window sash and
sill. With the door or window closed, attempt to remove
the dollar bill. If it slides out easily, you are losing
- Test #2: The flashlight test: Shine a flashlight around
the edges of your door at night. If you can see light
from the other side, you're losing energy.
- Test #3: The moist hand test: Pass a moist hand around
the edge of your doors and windows. Where you feel a
draft, you are losing energy. This test works best on
cold, windy days.
With a professional energy audit, trained
professionals with special equipment evaluate energy
loss throughout your home. After considering the
results, the professional will provide you with a list
of recommended upgrades and repairs to improve your
home’s overall energy efficiency. This total home
approach is sometimes more efficient and effective than
a DIY energy audit to set you on a path of comprehensive
Below are resources to learn more about DIY and
professional energy audits:
- Where are some of the most common places to
find leaks in the home?
- Why is it critical to choose silicone caulk
for weatherization efforts?
- Which GE caulks do you recommend for home
- How do I seal with silicone?
- Is it possible to paint silicone?
A common misperception in the marketplace is that
silicone caulk is not paintable, but in truth there is
an effective, easy-to-use paintable option for you to
GE Silicone II* Paintable Silicone Caulk
is a 100 percent waterproof and paintable caulk that performs like 100 percent silicone, but is paintable. Another
option to consider is Groov* Exterior/Interior
It is not a silicone; instead Groov is a technology unlike anything on the market today.
- Which GE caulks are recommended for weatherization?
100 percent Silicone Options:
GE Silicone II* Window & Door: An excellent choice for weatherization; three
hour rain-ready and sun-/freeze-proof caulk for windows, doors, attics, and
GE Silicone II* W/D Supreme:
An excellent choice for weatherization when you
need extreme joint movement capability due to your home’s exposure to excessive
hot or cold temperatures; 2x stretch and one hour rain-ready caulk for windows,
doors, attics and basements
GE Silicone II* Paintable Silicone Caulk:
If you need to paint after weatherizing, try
100 percent waterproof and paintable caulk that performs like 100 percent
Groov caulk performs and lasts like silicone and is
easy to apply and paint like acrylic. This combination of benefits means Groov
won’t shrink, crack or crumble over time, tools easily, and is paintable after
- Do the benefits of
silicone outweigh the cost and extra care involved with its
In short, yes. Silicone, unlike acrylic, remains
permanently shrink-proof, crack-proof, and waterproof,
providing long-term, sustainable energy savings.
But, it is no secret that when choosing between acrylic
and silicone caulks, professionals occasionally cite
ease-of-use and price as reasons why they sometimes
choose acrylic instead of silicone. Sure, silicone may
require a little more care to apply or even cost a
dollar or two more, but when it comes to weatherization,
silicone, not acrylic, is the superior choice
Short on time but dedicated to results? Check out
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learn how to seal in just 5 easy steps
- Additional home air