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Under Door Breeze Stoppers - Draft Excluders Guard Against Air Leaks

Updated on September 25, 2011

When winter comes, so do those icy drafts which blow under your outside doors and send your indoor temperatures plummeting. The tempatation is to start stuffing towels and old t-shirts under the door to block the cold air from getting in but there are better, more functional and more attractive alternatives in the form of draft guards or draft stoppers. These door breeze blockers put a barrier between the frigid outside air and your home, keeping the cold air drafts where they belong – outside. Also known as draft snakes, they lay snug along the foot of your door giving the chill air no room to pass which lowers your heating bills and keeps your feet from feeling numb and cold all winter long.

Popular Under Door Draft Blockers

How To Stop Door Drafts From Entering Your Home

There are several things you can do to protect your home from those nasty winter drafts. Most external doors fit poorly and do not adequately prevent heat from leaving your home or stop cold air from blowing under and around the door frame. If they fit really tightly, then you'd probably have a problem opening them yourself, especially with the expansion and contraction caused by hot and cold differences. To properly winterize your home there are things you can do to prevent this from costing you hundreds of dollars in extra heating bills and from making you feel uncomfortable through those long cold winter months.

Novelty Draft Excluders

Stopping drafts in your home needn’t mean adding a boring, padded lump to the foot of your doors or an ugly brush but can instead be a lot of fun. Decorative draft stoppers also make great gift ideas for anyone who likes a bit of fun and they’ll be useful and functional as well unlike many gifts which is something everyone will appreciate. Some great fun novelty door draft blockers can keep drafts out and be a fun talking point as well.

Block Drafts Entering Around The Frame

To block up a drafty door frame there are numerous things you can do which are quick and simple solutions. Hardware stores and online retailers will sell you rubber or foam draft excluder strips which are rolls of sticky-backed foam strips which adhere to the door frame and prevent drafts blowing through the space between the door and the frame itself. These are also known as weather stripping or weather strip sealing tape (although manufacturers call them all kinds of things) and only cost a few dollars for a whole roll and should last a couple of seasons.

This also has a few nice side effects as well as blocking air leaks. It also cushions the door against banging, so if you live with frequent slammers, that'll be muffled after you apply this which is a nice bonus. It also helps insulate sound coming from other rooms, so it'll cut down on noise from television or radio sounds for example which is another bonus. As well as blocking out air leaks, you will also be stopping smells, pollen, dust, insects and other annoyances from entering which again, is another side effect and a nice added bonus for such a cheap product.

How To Stop Drafts Blowing Under Doors

One of the major areas where drafts enter the home however, is underneath the door itself. This is doubly annoying as these breezes also blow straight on your feet which is the area of the body which gets cold fast for many people.

Blocking under door drafts is something which can be done in one of two ways. The easiest is to use a door breeze stopper which are also known as draft snakes, draft excluders and across the pond as draught stoppers. Some people like to make their own using their own choice of material and filling so if you are feeling crafty, there are a number of draft stopper patterns for crochet or sewing, knitting, felting etc. For the rest of us, buying a cold air blocker isn’t going to break the bank and there are both functional and fun designs out there to choose from.

The advantage of this kind of breeze blocking product is there is no need to attack your doors (or windows, they work there too) with tools and there is no need to worry about it sticking or scraping along your carpets or tiles as you can just simple pick them up and move them out of the way when the season is over or whenever you want to open it to leave the room.

The alternative to using a material air leak blocker pushed against the gap under your portals will require a little DIY. If you are do not mind getting down on your hands and knees and installing some hardware, then you can fit draft blocking brushes or door sweeps to your external doors. This will require physically screwing the product into the door itself which is something you may or may not be comfortable with and when the material expands with the heat of summer might lead to sticking and scraping which can be annoying.


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      Anthony Salgado 6 years ago

      There is a fantastic new "clip-on" draft stopper that is on the market now, that not only protects against the under door drafts, but does so with out requiring adjustment, snagging, or interfering with the door threshold. It also looks great and has a rugged washable cover. Take a look at it on for details and demonstrations.