When that cold winter wind blows, it will seep into your home through any means necessary. Is your home ready? Rescue your heat and electric bill with these tips on how to stop winter air leaks.
Seal Windows and Doors
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 10 percent of air that leaks out of a house exits through windows and doors. Depending on what type of windows and doors you have, make sure everything is properly weatherstripped. If you have wood trim, try carefully removing the wood and insulating it with expanding foam. If all else fails, purchase a window cover kit at your local hardware store.
Check Electrical Outlets
Did you know air can leak through electrical outlets? To remedy this, remove the cover plate and carefully clean any dust, excess plaster or drywall from the area. Use fire-retardant foam to caulk gaps, and then put the cover plate back.
Find the Hidden Leaks
A large amount of cold air leaks come from holes where pipes and vents run through the walls, ceilings and floors. Locate these troublesome areas by checking your basement, attic and under sinks. Fill these with insulating foam sealant or caulk. Make sure your attic or crawlspace hatches are airtight with weatherstripping.