Looking to make your home more comfortable and lower your energy bills?
Weatherstripping and caulking are two of the many do-it-yourself techniques that tackle small problems that can cause big energy loss.
Here are seven simple and cost-effective ways you can help reduce air leaks in your home:
- Check around your windows and doors for areas where air is sneaking through. Caulk and weatherstrip problem areas on doors and windows.
- Look for any dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet, which may indicate air leaks at interior walls and ceiling joints. Caulk these areas to prevent further damage.
- Install foam gaskets behind all electrical outlets and light switches to minimize air flow between the indoors and outdoors.
- Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing or electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, ceilings and over cabinets.
- Cover single-pane windows with storm windows or replace them with more efficient double-pane, low-emissivity windows.
- Cover your kitchen exhaust fan to stop air leaks when not in use.
- Check your dryer vent to be sure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire.
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