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Exterior caulking tips

Seal out the drafts and keep the heat in

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If your home is starting to feel drafty, it's time to invest in a tube of caulking and a caulk gun. In addition to keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, plugging exterior cracks will help make sure no insects or rodents decide to pay an unexpected visit. Low-cost latex caulk comes in a range of colors to match your exterior, but remember to clean the area thoroughly before applying the caulk in order to ensure strong adhesion. Hold the gun at a 45-degree angle and try to avoid unnecessary stops and starts. For best results, the caulk should be forced into the crack in one continuous motion.

Radio interview source: Pat Snodgrass, extension educator, University of Missouri

To learn more out about how you can cut your energy bills this winter, check out these links:

Your Home's Fall Checklist: Easy ways to get your home ready for winter.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Information about conducting a home energy audit.

The Home Energy Saver: Tips for making your home more energy efficient throughout the year.

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