Cheap Ways to Stop Drafts in the Home

Drafts of cold air that leak into your home cause three problems for homeowners and renters. The first problem is obvious; it makes you cold and uncomfortable. The second is that it causes you to use more energy resulting in higher energy costs. The third problem is that wasted energy heating your leaking home causes added pollution and higher prices due to simple supply and demand. Fortunately fixing this problem is easier and can be cheaper than you have ever imagined.

While there are numerous products that can be purchased ready-made to address these problems, they can cost prohibitive for many. Shrink wrap type window sealing kits work really well to seal your windows and not significantly hamper your homes aesthetics. Numerous products are made to fit onto the bottoms of doors to stop drafts as well. These products are sold at home improvement centres, hardware stores, and large discount retailers.

However, if you are struggling to pay your bills already, shelling out a hundred dollars or more may not be feasible. And if you are extremely cheap (like me!) you can’t make yourself spend that money when cheaper alternatives exist to stop cold winter drafts.

First, let’s look at the items you will need to insulate a window against cold winter drafts and how to use them. You will need to acquire plastic sheeting to insulate a window. While special window plastic is made you can also use cheaper multi-purpose plastic sheeting. Look in the pain isle for clear plastic sheeting that is made to use as a drop cloth. Large packages of this type of plastic are very cheap. While it is not crystal clear it will do the job. Unless you have delicate paint or wall finish that you are afraid of damaging, buy duct tape to seal the plastic as it will hold better than other types of tape. Measure your windows and cut the plastic to size. Securely tape the plastic tight to the window to make a good seal. Use a layer up against the glass and another layer flat against the wall for more protection against drafts. Keep an eye on the plastic as condensation and the air pulling caused by opening and closing doors may cause the plastic to come loose.

Stopping cold winter drafts under doors is even easier. Using an old thick blanket simply cut about a 4-inch strip the width of the door. Staple the strip to the least scene side of a door with enough overhang to drag along the floor. Extra layers of the blanket will result in even more protection against cold weather drafts. While it might not be very attractive, it certainly will block a lot of cold air from coming into your home.

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