Drafty homes are uncomfortable and more expensive to maintain. And to many homeowners it seems like there isn’t much you can do about it. But don’t feel overwhelmed – we have put together a list of simple, DIY techniques for reducing drafts in your home that won’t require a large upfront investment on your part.
Install weather stripping around doors and windows
Weather stripping is a great way to eliminate air leaks around all of the doors and windows in your home.
Caulk your outlets
Electrical boxes are not usually well-insulated, so your outlets on exterior walls are a likely source of your draft. Air from the outside can flow around and through the electrical box behind the outlet, but you can easily fix this. To be safe, first shut down the power to the outlet you are working on by shutting off the circuit from the main breaker. Next, remove the cover plate for the outlet and fill in all gaps around the box will acrylic latex caulk.
Plug all exterior holes
You likely have several pipes and wires coming into your home and each can create drafts if they are not properly sealed. Spray expanding foam into the gaps around any pipe or wire that is coming into your home. Not only will you reduce the heat loss during the winter, but you will also reduce the possibility of rodents and bugs entering through these holes.
Block your chimney with a balloon
Fireplaces are wonderful when used to warm up your home, but when you aren’t using it it is often a source of drafty air. You can block this air by blowing up an inflatable chimney balloon and sticking it in the chimney. You should always remove the balloon before you use the fireplace, but if you forget it the balloon will automatically deflate.
Apply window film
Go to your local hardware store and purchase window film – it looks like saran wrap. This simple solution will significantly reduce heat loss through your windows and costs a fraction of what replacing your windows would cost. Simply cover your window with the film and then use a blow dryer to shrink the film to your window. The film is not noticeable if applied correctly and you can easily remove it in the spring.
Hang insulated curtains
Another way to keep your windows from letting cold air in at night is by closing thick, insulated curtains. Be sure to open the curtains during the day, to let the sunlight warm and brighten your home, but at night, keep those insulated curtains closed and you will eliminate a lot of the draft and heat loss.