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Find and Fix Drafty Spots to Prevent Heat Loss

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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
Drafty spots in your house could mean a considerable amount of heat lost and energy waste. You can discover these by checking out likely places. You can seal them using the right materials, which are also very economical. Usually you can find gaps on doors, windows and the wall. Fixing this problem right away will lessen energy waste and loss of heat.

You can ascertain that there are drafts in your house when you use the heater and the warmth does not last long. The following are items in your house that are more prone to gaps.

  1. Older windows are likely to have drafts. While replacing them with more energy effective ones is a good solution, the expenses involved may not fit in with your budget. You can spend on a few hundred dollars by using window insulation tools consisting of a double-faced tape and a plastic shrink film. Stick the tape on the outer side of the window frame and using a hair dryer, you can rink the film to make it tight. You could also use quilted curtains to cover gaps on the windows.

  2. Check out all the electrical switches and outlets in your home and a possible heat loss if most of them have leaks. You may use a foam outlet sealer or gaskets to cover the gap between the drywall and the outlet boxes. You can also use insulated foams in cans and you can spray on the gaps around the outlet boxes. This spray comes with a long tube adapter and makes it easier to control the amount of foam sprayed on the gaps.

  3. You may find to your surprise that plenty of heat loss could be due to the toe kicks on the register covers of the cabinets in your home. If you have this problem, you can hire a professional to make an extension that fits in the current boot and allows the cover to fit inside. This stops heat from being trapped under the cabinets, lessens loss of heat, and helps you save money.

  4. Check out the concrete block still plates and the rim joist. You can go down the basement or the crawl space and run your hands along the sill plates. If you feel air leaking in these places, it is a proof of heat loss around your home. You could use an acrylic latex caulk on the edges where the sill plates meet the blocks and any other place where there is air infiltration.

  5. It would help to install airtight fireplace door in your fireplace’s opening. The gasket around the frame will seal the door and stops air from leaking. You do not have to worry if the fire still burns when you go to bed since even after it burns out, the doors will seal the opening to prevent loss of heat.

You could ask a professional to find drafty spots in your home for you, but this means you have to spend more money. You can check out these spots yourself and save money by doing so.
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