5 FIXES FOR A DRAFTY HOUSE


Seal Your Windows


If your windows are letting the warm air outside, it might be time to learn how to seal them. This can be done fairly easily with a trip to your local home improvement store. Pick up some caulking or weather stripping, and get to work. But what if you feel like you’re in over your head when it comes to sealing them? There are easier alternatives. Buy shrink plastic online or in-home improvements stores. Mount the film on your window frame, then blow dry it for an airtight seal. However, be aware that this is a temporary fix; if you want to rely on shrink wrap, this process will have to be done every winter. [1]


Improve Duct Work

Poor duct design, sizing, and installations are the #1 cause of homeowner comfort complaints! It’s very common to find ductwork that doesn’t comply with even the AC Manufacturer’s specifications. [2]


Weatherproof Exterior Doors

Did you know that a ⅛-inch gap around the perimeter of a door will allow in as much air as a small window open halfway? If you feel drafts around your doors, apply weather strips to the sides and top and new door sweeps at the bottom. [3]


Attic

To put an end to the chilly hallway near the attic access, attach a rigid insulation panel to the backside of the access door and add weather-stripping around the perimeter of the access point. [4]


HVAC Regulator

Shut off any rooms that are not used, closing vents or turning off radiators. [5]


[1] Wattson. "4 Nifty Drafty House Solutions to Keep Warm Air Indoors." Energy Monster, 8 December 2020, myenergymonster.com/ma/4-nifty-drafty-house-solutions-keep-warm-air-indoors/

[2] Magic Touch Mechanical Editorial Team. "How to Fix a Drafty House." Magic Touch Mechanical, 8 December 2020, airconditioningarizona.com/how-to-fix-a-drafty-house/

[3] Alexander, Carol. "8 Ways to Fix Drafty Windows and Doors." This Old House, 8 December 2020, thisoldhouse.com/insulation/21097133/easy-fixes-for-drafty-windows-and-doors

[4] Martin, Taylor. "Three Simple Fixes for the Most Common Insulation Problems." C|Net, 8 December 2020, cnet.com/how-to/put-an-end-to-your-drafty-house-with-these-fixes/

[5] Lonsdale, Sarah. "5 Low Tech Essentials for Keeping the House Warm." Remodelista, 8 December 2020, remodelista.com/posts/5-low-tech-essentials-for-keeping-the-house-warm/