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Wherever you feel cold air coming in, you have a leak, and warm air will escape through the same gap. Drafts are big energy wasters that inflate your bills and make your home less comfortable than it could be. Sealing the gaps and cracks with caulking and weather stripping is one of the most cost-effective steps you can take to keep the heat inside your home, reducing heat loss by up to 10%.
AffordabilityThe materials you need to seal the gaps are relatively inexpensive and you can purchase many of them at local hardware stores. Draft proofing generally has the fastest payback of any home heating improvement. Even apartment dwellers and renters can draftproof parts of their homes.
Cost savingsIf your home is losing warm air to the outside and letting cold air gust in, you are likely suffering the high cost of wasted heating. Drafts work against you in summer months as well, letting hot outside air in. Sealing the gaps will help seal in savings.
Health & comfortDamp air seeping in makes a room’s temperature feel colder than it is. Dry air can lead to problems with static, as well as dry throats and skin. Sealing leaks will make your home more comfortable, in all weather conditions.
Environmental considerationsSince heating is the largest energy user in most homes, wasted heat means a lot of wasted energy. In many homes, 20% of all heat loss is through leaks and poor ventilation. Wasted hydroelectric energy increases the demand for more energy infrastructure. Wasted gas, coal, oil, or wood can increase CO2 emissions. If 10,000 B.C. households with gas heating were draftproofed to cut gas consumption an average of 5%, it could save a kilotonne (1,000 tonnes) of CO2 emissions annually.
What you need to know
Places to Seal
Doors and Windows
FAQDraftproofing my ducts or around my windows seems like a big job for me to do alone. Are there contractors who you can hire to do this kind of work?
Yes. Some parts of a home are easier to draft proof than others, and a contractor will generally be able to do a neat and thorough job. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, talk to a few carpenters to get estimates or, if you have a home energy audit, ask your auditor if they can recommend someone.
If I can only make one home improvement this year, is draft proofing the one that will save the most energy?
The best improvements for you to make depend on the state of your home, your location and your energy use. For a house older than 10 or 15 years, draft proofing can have significant effects, but every house will have different strengths and weaknesses. An energy audit by a qualified auditor will assess the most effective steps for you to take. House Smart Home Improvements can help set you up with a professional energy audit during a Free In-Home Consultation.