Are You Losing More Heat Than You Should? 3 Common Draft Problems in the Home

Is your home losing more heat than it should? Has your heating bill grown out of proportion? If you answered yes to even one of these questions, you may have a draft issue. It is important to stay aware of the loss of heat in your home, if it does take place. You need to determine if you have a draft issue and then work quickly to fix it. Below are three common draft problems in the home and how to solve the issue.

 

A draft can be a major issue. A draft can cause your heating and cooling unit to work overtime to maintain the temperature you would like in the home. In the winter, you can lose heat as well as gain cool air in the home. In the summer, cold air can seep out and you lose the precious air you need to stay cool in the home. This can cost you money as well as comfort and should be taken care of as soon as possible.

 

Windows

 

One area that can be of major concern for drafts is windows. The windows can be a large source of drafting in the home. This can occur especially with older homes. As a home settles and ages, the windows can begin to sag or crack, which can cause drafts in the home. The windows of the home need to be checked on a regular basis to make sure that drafts do not occur. If you feel a draft around your window, you will need to fix this area. Caulking works well to plug up any holes or open areas. If the draft is large, you may need to add a piece of wood to cut off the breezy area.

 

Doorways

 

The doorways also need to be checked on a regular basis. A doorway can be a big culprit for a drafty area. Most times the bottom or top of the door frame is the issue. If the bottom of the doorway has a draft, you will need to add a piece of weather stripping to the bottom of the door. The weather stripping will allow the door to continue to move but provide a blockage for any drafts to enter the home. Weather stripping can be purchased at your local hardware store and cut to fit your door frame. Nails or screws can be used to apply weather stripping to your door to protect from drafting.

 

Attic

 

Another area that can be a draft problem is the attic. Many times, attic joists can separate, windows and crack and cause a major draft in your home. A draft in the attic can cause the space to be warmer or cooler than normal which can affect the temperature in your home. The attic space should be inspected on a regular basis and any drafts should be taken care of quickly so to avoid temperature and other issues in the home.

 

Overall, if you take the time to address any draft issues, you will save money on your utility bills as well as have a much more comfortable home. Take the time to check these areas to avoid these issues.

 

Author Biography :Franklin Thomas is a enthusiastic writer on topics related to home improvement, who is currently working for a HVAC company Jack’s Refrigeration Inc. as Heating Contractor.

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