• Elizabeth Kenney

Draft-Proofing Like A Pro

The cold air has arrived, but that doesn’t mean it has to make its way into your home during the fall and winter seasons.

If your home shows any evidence of drafts, we recommend taking care of this issue right away. Cold air that enters through drafts in your home is not simply an inconvenience. Rather, these openings can also cause a spike in your energy bill.

Not sure where to get started or what draft-proofing solutions to use? Hardware Retailing offers several practical suggestions:

#1 Identify areas in your home that may need draft-proofing.

Spots to check include: windows, doors, attics, fireplaces, cable lines/wires, fireplaces, and dryer vents.

The list above includes commonly known areas, as well as some that are easy to overlook. That being said, this list may not include every area in your home. Make note of any area in your home that has an opening to outside air.

#2 Apply a solution to fit the problem-area.

There are a variety of products available. The following list provides some suggestions on how to draft-proof specific areas of the home:

- Weatherstripping techniques are typically easy to apply, peel-and-stick solutions.

- Foam tape options tend to work well on troublesome doors.

- Quick-fix caulking tools, like power caulk guns, can efficiently and effectively complete the job.

- Foam insulation pieces are often appropriate for openings in the fireplace.

- For best results on areas like dryer vents, sometimes replacement of these parts is necessary.

While these are just a few ideas to get you started on draft-proofing your home, our team can recommend products to suit your home’s specific needs. Give us a call or stop by our store.

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