When you have a lot of drafts in your home, it can quickly get very cold. That’s not too much of a problem right now because the weather is nice but when winter rolls around again, you’ll start to notice it. If you can get rid of those drafts now while the weather is nice, your home will be ready in time for the cold weather. Draft proofing your home will also make it more energy efficient which saves you money on heating bills, so it’s definitely worth doing. These are some of the easiest ways that you can draft proof your home.
Check Windows And Doors
The windows and doors are the most common sources of drafts in the home, so you should always start there. If the windows and doors are particularly old, the seals may be worn away and you will have gaps that let the cold air in. This is a common problem in wooden windows, in particular, but it can usually be fixed. You should be able to replace the seals and patch any gaps in most cases. However, if the windows and doors are very damaged, it might be best just to replace them instead. Old windows and doors aren’t very energy efficient in general so it’s worth updating them anyway.
You should also check underneath the door because sometimes, there are small gaps where air can get in. This is easily fixed with a draft excluder so you shouldn’t need to spend money on replacing the entire door.
Fill Gaps In Floorboards
Wooden flooring is a great addition to your home and it looks great, but there is one big downside. There may be gaps between floorboards that will let a lot of drafts in, so you need to fill them. If you’re not too attached to the floorboards, you could just put carpet down instead, but if you want to keep the wooden flooring, you’ll need to do a bit of work on it. You can mass fill all of the smaller gaps by mixing some sawdust with resin and putting it between each board, then staining it to match the rest of the floor. However, if there are larger gaps, you might need to replace certain boards.
Cap The Chimney
A fireplace is a great feature in the home but the chimney can cause problems with drafts. If you have a working fireplace that you use regularly, you can’t really do much with the chimney because you need it to be active. However, if you have an electric heater in the fireplace and you’re not burning wood in there, you can cap the chimney to stop cold air from getting in. If you never use it, you could get it bricked up permanently but that’s not ideal if you do want to use the fireplace sometimes. In that case, you can use a chimney balloon that you inflate and put inside the chimney and then remove if you want to use the fireplace.
These are all simple things that you can do to remove drafts from your home and make it a lot more energy-efficient.