Air leaks that bring in cold air through cracks in doors and windows can be annoying and detrimental to your home’s energy efficiency. Some air leaks, like attic air leaks, are more difficult to fix, but there are some easier ways to save money on your energy bill. Here are 7 easy solutions to fixing air leaks.
1. Install a door sweep, or cover the bottom of your front door with a mat or door draft stopper. A door sweep is an effective way to keep cold air out, but if you’re on a tight budget, a door draft stopper can be another useful (and cute) way to prevent air leaks.
2. Seal gaps around the perimeter of your door with weather-stripping. Just foam or rubber weather-stripping that you can tape right on the door jamb can be a cheap and effective method of keeping the cold, dry air out.
3. Lock your windows. It’s a simple act, but locking your windows can make a difference in preventing some of that cold air from seeping in, especially if you have sash locks.
4. Use your weather-stripping on the top edge of windows. Weather stripping isn’t only for doors. Windows can benefit from it too.
5. Cover windows with clear, plastic film. This is a very easy (and surprisingly effective) way to trap heat in your home and prevent air leaks.
6. Seal windows with temporary caulking. You can find temporary caulking at almost any hardware store. Just remove it when winter is over.
7. Put a soft-rubber gasket over electrical outlets. Just remove the cover and apply a gasket to insulate the outlet.
These cheap and easy home improvements should help you put a stop to air leaks. For bigger home improvement projects like insulation, check out Atlas Butler’s website. They’ll be happy to answer any questions about home energy efficiency – just contact them.
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