As the weather outside becomes colder and colder, more of us might be noticing slight drafts here and there. While these drafts might have been welcome in the summer, in the winter they can be quite troublesome and uncomfortable. Not only that, but these drafts can make it harder to properly heat your home, which means that you are ultimately going to spend more money on utilities. However, finding the drafty areas in your home is actually easier than you think and requires minimal effort to seal them. Basically, you don’t need to be an HVAC expert to seal drafts and enjoy a warm, cozy winter. Here is how to locate and fix drafty areas in your home.
One of the most common areas for leaks is in the window frames of your home. What can happen is that overtime, your window casements can come slightly undone. You might not notice it, but if you put your hand over the window frame, you will notice cool air blowing out. If you can’t feel it with your hand, you might be able to find it with a lit candle – just move the candle over the window frame and if the candle flickers, you have officially found your draft. All you have to do is take some caulking from the local hardware store and seal the leaks.
You might also have leaks around your vents or electrical outlets. This is one of the most common places, because many vents are directly connected to the outside. You could use the candle method, or you could simply wave your hand, but typically these leaks and sources of drafts can be felt pretty easily just by standing in front of them. When it comes to vents, you might need to screw them in tighter, or you might need to use some sealant around the edges so that air can’t escape. When it comes to electrical outlets, if you don’t need them, you can always use an electrical outlet cover until you have something to plug in.
Next, you might want to inspect your furnace or indoor/outdoor air conditioner unit. Because these units are usually connected to the outside, they can be source of energy leaks and they could cause that particular area in the home to be drafty. If this is case, you might want to call the specialists to have your unit inspected and make sure there is nothing broken. If you have a warranty, simply lookup your serial and model number and call the company that makes the unit you use. Chances are that they will send a specialist to your home to make the repair.
Lastly, you want to make sure you properly weatherstrip doors and windows. Weatherstripping simply means that you take a weather strip or some other kind of metal stopper and install it under doors or in between window frames. Many front doors have a few millimeters, or more, of space that isn’t being covered by anything. So, if you want to make sure your home is totally sealed, make sure to take the proper measures to weatherstrip.