Frugal Home: Sealing Air Leaks to Save Energy

winterwindow-mAs the weather gets cooler, it’s time to think about plugging the air leaks in your home.

How do you find them? Light a candle and slowly walk along the walls of your home. Be particularly vigilant around windows, doors, and electrical outlets. Drafts of outside air will cause the flame to flicker—and show you exactly where you need to concentrate your weatherproofing efforts!

Use caulk or weather stripping to seal around windows and doors, and fill in any cracks or holes you find. Stop the drafts that come through electrical outlets with foam gaskets—you’ll find them at your local hardware store.

If you have older, inefficient windows, you’ll need a little extra insulation in the winter—try using heavy curtains, blankets, or plastic film to keep the cold air out. And don’t forget about the bottoms of doors: use draft dodgers and sweeps to plug the gap.

For more detailed information and instructions, see the following sites:

BobVila.com – Caulk and Weatherstripping

The Money Pit – Sealing Drafts

YouTube.com – How to Install Foam Gaskets Under Light Switch Plates

YouTube.com – How To Insulate Your Windows With Plastic

DIY Network – How to Install a Door Sweep

When it comes to weatherproofing, a little effort can make a big difference in your comfort and utility bills. Stop those chilly drafts, and you’ll have a cozier home and a fatter wallet!