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Save Money By Draft-Proofing Your Home

Updated on November 18, 2013

Are Drafts Costing You Money?

It's estimated that something like 20% of the average home's heat is lost to the environment as a result of drafts and poor ventilation. Obviously, if you're sitting in a draft, it can be very uncomfortable - irritating even. However, if you're the person who pays the heating bill, it can also be expensive.

Fortunately, there are some very cheap and effective solutions which you can implement in order to cut down on drafts and to give yourself a lower heating bill each month. Many of these are not only simple, but they can be put in place very quickly.

You will be more comfortable, and you will save money at the same time. It's a win-win situation whatever way you look at it.

Finding And Treating The Sources Of Drafts

Drafts are the result of holes or gaps in your home's insulation system - the walls, the floor, the roof etc.

All that you need to do in order to combat the problem is to find the gaps and fill them with a suitable material. It's that simple. Once you have done this, the improvement will be immediate.

A good way to find draft sources is to use a candle as a guide. If you walk around slowly in areas where you feel cold, and keep an eye on the flame, you will see it being drawn more horizontal when you are in a draft zone. However, most draft sources will be relatively easy to find - especially when it's cold outside.

The main area to address is drafts which let cold air in from outside. Windows and doors are always worth examining and can often be prone to drafts. something very simple like an old sweater or blanket placed across the bottom of a door can make a huge improvement very quickly. There are more sophisticated techniques available - such as brush strips which fit onto the bottom of the door for example - but even these are very inexpensive and easy to install.

The edges of windows and doors can be sealed using foam strips with a self adhesive backing. Once again, this is cheap, easy to fit and will provide you with an immediate improvement.

Sanded floors are very popular nowadays. These can certainly look good, but the space between floorboards can be another source of drafts.

If you have a problem with draft wooden floors, you can use a flexible sealant to fill in the gaps between floor boards. Alternatively, if your draft is very localized, a strategically placed rug can also be an aesthetically pleasing solution.

Using a sealant can also help to treat drafts caused by holes in the walls of your house where cables and pipes exit and enter. There is less need for a flexible sealant in such a case. Some sealants expand rapidly after they have been applied and these can be a good option where it isn't so easy to access the root cause of the problem and you might, to a certain extent, be working blind.


Draft Summary

Drafts can be annoying and expensive. However, they are relatively simple to find and to fix.

You will be more comfortable in a draft free home (but do remember to allow some air circulation in areas where there are large amounts of steam or condensation) and you will find that you have a much lower electricity bill or gas bill. Sometimes the very fact that drafts are treated can allow occupants to turn thermostats down by 2 or 3 degrees.

So don't suffer drafts. Find them and fix them and you will be more comfortable and better off into the bargain.

Fitting Draft Excluders To A Door Video Demo


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