The windows are shut and the doors are closed, yet somehow, you still feel a slight draft. Having a draft blow through the house doesn’t do much in terms of comfort, especially when it’s winter. And despite going through every room in your home, you can’t find the source. There are many reasons as to why you may feel a draft.
Here’s where you’ll most likely find drafts and how to fix them.
Attics are the most common source of drafts and usually occur in older homes. In older homes, they typically use fibreglass as a form of insulation. However, this is a significantly outdated way to insulate a home, which can cause draftiness.
If your attic is where the draft is most prevalent, this is usually the reason for it. All it takes you’ll need to do is replace the fibreglass with something that’s more efficient with insulation.
Granted, having less-than-ideal insulation isn’t all that can be the source of your issue. Older homes with attics are very likely to have random cracks and misplaced floorboards.
These openings are what allows the outside air to seep into your home, producing a draft. Obviously, you’re going to need to seal them. But what seal you need depends on what kind of opening you’re dealing with.
A simple patch or, if the draft is extremely minimal, a few layers of tape can seal small cracks and holes. But if the crack is the size of a ruler or a hole that’s as big as a tennis ball, you’ll need a stronger sealant.
Caulk is an inexpensive and effective way to seal these openings. If you’re having issues or can’t repair it on your own, you’ll have to enlist the help of a professional.
Another often-overlooked place where drafts occur is around electrical sockets. If your house has sockets on the outside, this could very well be the cause of the draft. In fact, you’d be surprised how much air can traverse through an electrical socket.
If this is the case, you’ll need to invest in a draft-proofing gasket. The gasket is a type of plate that you put around the outlet to keep the air from coming in.
The best part is that its affordable solution. Furthermore, you don’t need the help of a professional to install it.
Remember how we mentioned your windows are shut and you still have a draft? Just because your window is closed doesn’t mean that air can’t seep through. This happens when the seal on your window becomes damaged or warped. It also happens when your windows are old and need to be replaced.
Either way, there are two ways to fix this problem: re-seal the windows or replace them. If you choose to replace your windows, try to invest in ones that are considered energy efficient. Doing so can save you hundreds on your bills each year.
Just like the windows, your doors may not be keeping out the air either. This usually happens when the top and bottom of the door aren’t properly sealed. In other cases, it may be because your doors are damaged or warped.
To seal off the draft, you can replace the seal on both the top and bottom of the door. If it’s just the bottom of the door and replacing the seal isn’t an option right now, a door sweep is an effective alternative.
Drafts are not only uncomfortable but can increase your utility bills two-fold. If your home is feeling drafty, the above-mentioned tips may just be the remedy you’re looking for.