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Finding Draft Spots for Heat Escape: How to Fix them

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By : Vicki Hat    99 or more times read
How many times have you thought your home hasn't warmed well during cold seasons? How many times have you experienced having to blast your heaters just to achieve the level of comfort that you want? And how many times have you had to pay so much for your electricity bills that resulted to sacrificing your other important needs? If you have been experiencing these lately, especially now that it is winter time, you must have your home expected for draft spots.

Even if you have the best heaters at home, certified energy-efficient and effective in warming, you still cannot save money from your energy bills if you have drafts in your homes. These draft spots are problem areas of the house that paves way for air leaks.

There are obvious draft spots and there are also those that are concealed. Common parts of the house that can be considered as obvious drafts are your windows and doors. Other areas that can be considered concealed are attic hatches, vents for plumbing, below kneewalls, soffits, rim joists, the vents and many others.

Since drafts spots can give you problems, it is best that you fix them right away. Here are some ideas on how you can correct them:

  1. Windows- If you have old windows, you have to replace them. There are energy efficient windows being sold out there. You can just buy them and they are ready to install. But your major consideration in selecting them should be their ratings. Energy star have guided their consumers on how to select the right window for your climate zone. Use it and be guided accordingly.

    If you plan to build one, you must learn how an energy-efficient window is designed. Basically, it consists of a good framing made of materials such as wood, vinyl, fiberglass and aluminum. Glass used should be multiple panes and should be properly spaced for sound proofing and impact resistance. The spacers used should also help heat transfer and in between the spaces, gas fills should be used.

  2. Doors- Your doors should be properly weather stripped. The goal in here is to minimize gaps and spaces that could draw hot air from the inside to outside. The concept used is similar to that in how windows are engineered. You must make sure that every material used should be able to reduce the flow of heat from the door.

  3. Attics and Basements- These areas of the house have tons of small and large spaces where air could possibly leak. Therefore, it needs to be properly inspected by a professional. However, if you have an idea on what to look for, it is best to get cracking on the inspection the soonest and get the fix-ups done. Repairs that needed to be done would usually involve application of insulation, foaming and caulking. Any obvious holes should be filled or stuffed with the right type of insulation. Small holes that cause leak can be remedied by caulking. If there are gaps between pipes, you can use insulation and expandable foams to create a good seal.
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