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Seal Air Leaks Around Your Home

Tips to improve your home and lower your energy bill


More than any other time of year, you notice your home’s air leaks in the winter. Most people call these air leaks “drafts.” You may feel these drafts around windows and doors and think these leaks are your major source of wasted energy. In most homes, however, the most significant air leaks are hidden in the attic and basement. These are the leaks that significantly raise your energy bill and make your house uncomfortable. In cold weather, warm air rises in your house, just like it does in a chimney. This air, which you have paid to heat, is just wasted as it rises up into your attic and sucks cold air in all around your home—around windows, doors, and through holes into the basement. Locating these leaks can be difficult because they are often hidden under your insulation.


For the best results, you should hire a contractor that is trained in air sealing. A trained professional will also be able to determine if your home could benefit from a bigger project like adding new insulation.

 

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Windows and doors
Air ducts
Attics
Basements

 

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If drafts are the result of larger, more uniform spaces or missing trim, consider adding decorative trims and/or molding. Fill in gaps with pieces of insulation or spray foam, then finish with decorative molding and trim for better protection and winterization. Paint or stain to match the room; not only will your home be more weather-proof, it will look great, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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