Aug 15, 2012 Heating
Money flies out of the window if you have a door and window draft issue. You can lose almost 50% of your heating and cooling energy in a typical home. According to the American Council for the Energy Efficient Economy, some $13 billion of energy escapes from the collective drafty windows and doors of the American people.
Door and window draft problems occur when a house has settled and windows and doors no longer fit properly. Any type of gap, no matter how small, causes air infiltration. This results in drafts, which will impact the set temperature in your home.
How to fix a door and window draft? Many people use homemade blockers, which are great for keeping out the drafts. Homemade snakes and even unused blankets are often used but they are not as good as a purpose made draft blocker. For example, the material used in the most effective examples is polypropylene, which has been specially designed and tested to ensure that it blocks the flow of air. Also, the filler is important and finely ground corn has been found to be most effective. Make sure that the draft blocker is flexible so that it first well around the window and door for good effect.
To pinpoint door and window draft areas, feel the bottom of doors and around windows. You can also listen for a whistling sound, which is common around drafty windows. If you feel air leaking in, you need to take action to seal off the draft. Doors and window in older home are more likely to have problems with drafts, but there could also be concern in homes with new replacement windows if they were installed improperly.
Look everywhere for causes of the door and window draft, not just the typical first choices, the rear and front doors. Check your basement and attic doors and any sliders and in particular look at the porch and basement windows before any else.
Although door and window draft problems are year-round issues, they are most notable in the winter season when the cold air is coming in. In cold months, your home’s heating system is trying to maintain a constant temperature, but the drafts are making it a tough task. The heating system remains on constantly or may be turning itself on an off incessantly to try to compensate. A drain on your bank balance is sure to result.
Door and window drafts are most often felt in the winter, but represent a big problem in the summer too, most especially if you use air conditioning and fans. The system tries to cool the house but hot air flows in through door and windows which just makes the colling system work harder. More energy burned equals a higher dollar amount at month end.
Many are amazed to realize that a full 25% can be saved in energy costs when door and window draft areas care fixed. Draft blockers are easy to put in place. They can be installed without any fixings and can be cleaned and dried without a machine. Draft blockers are proven energy savers. Even if saturated, the draft blocker can be airdried and will maintain its shape and efficiency.