Most Frequently Asked Questions About Seasonproofing
We call it seasonproofing because Climaloc has a solution for every season. Need help? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about seasonproofing and Climaloc products:
Finding the right product
- How can I determine if there is energy loss around doors and windows?
- There are different ways to find out. With the Climaloc Draft Detector, available at most hardware store. Light the top of the smoke stick and let it burn for 10 to 15 seconds. Blow out flame and test it close to areas where you think you are losing energy: if the smoke is drawn to a particular spot, you are more likely to lose energy. With a flashlight: Shine a flashlight around the edge of the door. If a second person standing behind the door can see the light though the crack, there is most probably an energy loss.
- Are there Climaloc products specifically designed for my region and local weather conditions?
- Climaloc products are designed for superior performance under extremely hot or cold weather conditions.
- Where can I find Climaloc® products?
- Climaloc products can be found in most hardware and home improvement stores. Just ask for Climaloc® by name.
- What is the difference between Climaloc® and Climaloc® Plus products?
- Both suites of Climaloc products offer the largest assortment of quality weather-proofing solutions. Climaloc Plus products offer superior efficiency, performance and durability and come with a limited lifetime warranty.
- Where can I see the caption for the Climaloc pictograms?
- We have designed a series of color-coded pictograms to simplify your search for the ideal Climaloc solution for your home. It’s easy: blue is for doors, orange is for windows, purple is for the garage, yellow is for your cooling systems and green is for our electricity and plumbing line of products, such as insulation products for electrical outlets, pipes and outside faucets as well as our wide range of Foam Backer Rods. Click here to see the captions.
Installing Climaloc solutions
- Where can I find instructions on how to install my Climaloc solution?
- We have created a series of DIY how-to-videos to show you how easy it is to install your Climaloc solution. Click here to view them all. Also, you should know that all Climaloc products include instructions on either the packaging or in a step-by-step leaflet.
- What tools will I need to install my Climaloc solution?
- Installing your Climaloc solutions is easy! In most cases, you will need only basic tools such as a screwdriver (or drill), a tape measure, a hammer or a simple hacksaw. All Climaloc products include instructions on either the packaging or in a step-by-step leaflet.
- How long will it take me to install my Climaloc solution?
- Installation time of a Climaloc solution may vary, but generally takes between 10 and 40 minutes.
Seasonproofing your home
- What are the benefits of seasonproofing?
- There are many advantages to weatherproofing your home. First and foremost, since the cost of heating and cooling accounts for more than half of a typical energy bill, weather proofing is the most economical and simplest option to improve the efficiency of your home’s energy performance. Seasonproofing with Climaloc is less costly and quicker than undertaking renovations such as installing new doors or windows. Bottom line, seasonproofing saves you money fast! A good weather-proofing seal can also prevent deterioration of building materials caused by water infiltration and moisture. And of course, by reducing your energy consumption, you reduce your carbon footprint.
- What if I feel a draft coming in from around my front door?
- We recommend installing a Climaloc Top and Side Door Seal to stop any air infiltration.
- What if I feel a draft coming from under my front door?
- We recommend installing a Climaloc Door Bottom to seal out any air infiltration. For optimal results, install a Climaloc Door Threshold. Check out our how-to videos to learn how to install these solutions.
- How can I reduce energy loss if my entrance door is warped?
- We recommend you install a Climaloc Compression Top and Side Door Seal, which will seal any door that does not close properly.
- What is the first thing I should do before buying a Top and Side Door Seal?
- There are 2 things to consider. First, the size of the inside of the door frame and then the dimension of the space between the frame and the door. You need to first measure the height and width of door frame and then the width and depth of the space between the frame and the door when it's closed. This is a very important step to ensure you select the right top and side door seal, because if the seal is too small, it will not fill the gap and it will let the air pass; if the seal is too large, it will prevent your door from closing properly.
- Which Climaloc Top and Side Door seal is best suited for my door?
- Most Climaloc Top and Side Door seals will fit on any entrance door. For steel doors, we specifically recommend the Climaloc Magnetic Top and Side Door seal which, just like a refrigerator, will form the most airtight seal.
- What is the most common gap distance between the bottom of the door and the sill cap?
- The most common gap dimensions are ½ in and ¾ inches, and Climaloc offers a complete line of efficient and easy to install door bottoms to fit both gap dimensions.
- Do door sweeps go on the interior or the exterior side of the door?
- Since you don’t want your door sweep to cross the threshold when the door is in motion, you should install your Climaloc Door Sweep on the inside of your swing-in door, and on the outside of your door if it opens to the outside.
Windows and Patio Doors
- Is the insulating film invisible to the eye once it is installed?
- Yes, Climaloc Insulating Film shrinks tight as a drum when heated properly and becomes crystal clear, so much so that you will forget that it’s there.
- When is the best time to install insulating film on my windows and patio doors?
- We recommend you install the Climaloc insulating kit in the fall, before the outside temperature drops to 40 °F (or 4 °C).
- What is the difference between the Climaloc outdoor and indoor window kits?
- In order to weather elements and extreme temperatures, the Climaloc Insulating Film for Outdoor Use is approximately 2.5 times thicker than the Climaloc Insulating Shrink Film for indoor use. For these same reasons, the insulating film tape for outdoor use is much more adhesive.
- What is the best way to install outdoor insulating film on my window or patio door in preparation for the cold season?
- To ensure the adhesion of the film and tape, you should always thoroughly clean and dry the moldings surrounding your window or patio door before installing your Climaloc Insulating Film for Outdoor Use. If the temperature is below 40 °F (4 °C) at the time of installation, we recommend that you heat the moldings around your window or patio door with a hair dryer before applying the tape. This product is not recommended for use on stucco, brick or rough wood.
- How do I remove the indoor insulating film from my window or patio door at the end of the season?
- To remove the Climaloc Insulating Film without leaving residue, we recommend you use a hair dryer to warm the surface and carefully peel away the film and tape from the frame. If there is still some residue left, you can use water and mild soap or a commercial glue-removing spray to remove the remaining residue.
- Can I paint the Climaloc seasonproofing products to match the color of my garage door?
- Yes, you can easily paint the vinyl profile (rigid part); however, we do not recommend painting the flexible part.
- What is the best way to know if it’s time to replace my garage door bottom?
- If you can see a gap between your garage door and the floor, it’s time to replace the seal with a Climaloc Garage Door Bottom.
- Should I seasonproof my garage even if it’s not heated?
- In order to minimize heat loss and huge energy consumption, especially if your garage is attached to your house, we recommend sealing your garage doors with the Climaloc's line of seasonproofing products for your garage. Also, if there are exposed pipes in your garage, browse the Climaloc Plumbing Product section to view our line of high performing Pipe Insulation Wraps.
Heating and Cooling Systems
- Why should I cover my exterior air conditioner unit?
- Climaloc’s line of Heavy Gauge Air Conditioner Cover will protect your AC from dirt, snow and ice, preventing the unit from rusting and deteriorating over time due to exposure to the elements.