Keep That Draft Out!

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5 Ways To Draft-Proof Your Home!

No one wants to sit in a chilly kitchen in the winter. And you certainly don't want to sit in a cold bathroom with a draft blowing through that old bathroom window!

What can you do about it?

There are many quick and easy tips to reduce drafts in your home. For your convenience, I've listed off the 5 most effective ways to reduce drafts in your home or apartment.

1. Use Weatherstripping

Weatherstrips are an inexpensive way to help seal drafty doors and windows. Simple to install and often quite effective for sealing up drafts in old window frames.

 

2. Install New Sweeps

When is the last time you replaced your door sweeps? Replacing old door sweeps with new ones can make a world of a difference. Say good bye to under-door drafts with a fresh door sweep.

To ensure a good fit, close the door, measure the length of the door, and cut the size you need. There are a few different kinds of sweeps (like heavy duty, drip-cap and brush) – asking an expert which one is right for you will help ensure you get the best bang for your buck.

 

3. Apply Window Film

It may not be the most attractive but window film can work great! But only when properly applied. It looks like saran wrap and when put in place and heated with a hair-dryer, shrinks and seals drafty windows. My pro tip: recruit a friend to help hang on larger windows, it’s much easier that way!

 

4. Use A Door Snake

If you have a drafty window or door, these little snakes are a must-have in your home. Placed at the bottom of the door or window, these weighted fabric tubes help block out the unwanted chill.

 

5. Re-Caulk Your Windows & Doors

As time passes, the caulking on windows degrades and may wear or peel away. Get out there and make your rounds on outside of your home. Simply re-caulk old spots to help seal out drafts. Not handy with the caulking gun – call a pro!

 

If you've tried these options and you find your home is still too drafty, then it's time to call in the professionals. It will cost a bit up front, but you'll save in the long run – plus, you'll be warm!

You can reach Lisa Coates of Level Ten Landworks by calling 902-706-1069 or send an email to info@leveltenlandworks.ca