Drafts in Your Home

draftsReducing the amount of drafts in and out of your home is an easy way to cut heating costs. Heating is the largest expense in the home coming in at an average of 45% of your energy bill. Windows and doors, attics, basements, and garages that are not properly insulated, wiring holes, and chimneys are the usual culprits. An easy way to check for drafts is to turn off any appliance that can cause an air disturbance, carry a lit candle or an incense stick, then walk around your home. If the flame flickers or incense smoke moves unsteadily, you have a draft.

Check your attic, basement and crawl space insulation for any gaps and add or replace any insulation as needed. Add a door sweep to any door that leads outside or into the garage. Replace your screen door with a storm door that will add an extra layer of protection. Re-caulk, apply weather stripping and add window films to all windows. Putting up a heavy curtain will also help further contain any draft. Cover and secure the fireplace when it’s not in use. Foam insulation or caulk can be used around the holes cable lines and wires come into the home and allow air to seep in or out.

These are just a few of the easy, cost-effective ways to reduce drafts and also lower your home’s heating bill. Whether you do this on your own or hire a professional to help with your draft problems, enjoy the extra warmth and lowered energy bills through this colder weather.

De Hart Plumbing Heating and Cooling, serving Manhattan Kansas, Junction City Kansas, Wamego Kansas, Topeka Kansas, and some surrounding areas.

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