As the temperature drops and winter weather creeps in, keeping your home warm and cozy becomes a top priority. One of the biggest challenges in achieving this comfort is dealing with drafts. Drafts make your home feel colder and lead to higher energy bills.
Be on the Lookout for Drafts in These 3 Spots
To help you prepare for the winter chill, here are three key areas to watch for drafts in your home:
1. Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are common culprits for drafts. Over time, weatherstripping can deteriorate, and gaps may develop around frames, allowing cold air to seep in and warm air to escape. To check for drafts, run your hand along the edges of windows and doors on a windy day.
If you feel air movement or notice visible gaps, it's time to replace weatherstripping or seal those gaps with caulk or waterproofing materials.
2. Attic and Roof
Your attic and roof are critical areas to inspect for drafts. Poor insulation in the attic can lead to heat loss, resulting in cold drafts and higher heating costs. Check for visible gaps or areas where insulation may be lacking. Also, inspect the roof for damaged or missing shingles, as water intrusion from a compromised roof can lead to drafts and other issues.
Adding or upgrading insulation in the attic is an effective way to prevent drafts and improve energy efficiency. Consider consulting a professional contractor for the best insulation options and installation techniques for your specific needs.
3. Basement and Crawl Spaces
Basements and crawl spaces are often overlooked regarding drafts, but they can be significant sources of cold air infiltration. Check for gaps in the foundation or walls and around plumbing and utility penetrations. Sealing these gaps with appropriate materials can prevent cold air entering your living spaces.
Do you want to keep your home as comfortable as possible this winter and every other season? Call HD Horne Spray Foam and Insulation today so we can keep you cozy in your home this winter and beyond!