10 Quick Fixes For A Drafty House

October 16, 2021

The last week we have all started to feel the fall chill in the air! It may not be time to turn on the heat but there is definitely a slight chill outside – and you definitely do not want that chill finding its way you’re your home. Here are 10 quick (and inexpensive!) ways to seal drafts and keep the cold fall air out of your home all fall and winter long.

Fixing these trouble spots doesn’t take much effort, time or money — and the payoff of a warm home can’t be beaten.

  1. Weather stripping your Doors and Windows: Seal gaps between doors and side jambs with long pieces of weather stripping.
  2. Windows: Secure the sash locks along all the windows in your house to clamp them down as much as possible. You can also seal windows that won’t be opened until spring with temporary caulking.
  3. Exterior doors: Once you are inside, place a door sweep along the bottom of exterior doors to help stop cold air from entering your house.
  4. Curtains: If you don’t already have curtains, fall and winter are the time to invest in a set. Curtains can act as some extra insulation over your windows.
  5. Interior rooms: When rooms are not in use, close the doors to keep the cold confined to one place.
  6. Floors: If you have any bare floors in areas where you are consistently sitting or working, throw a rug down, because floors can account for as much as 10 percent of heat loss in a house.
  7. Cracks: If you see any cracks or gaps in your flooring, squirt some silicone-based filler between to fill them in.
  8. Insulation: Check on the insulation in your attics and lofts. If you notice gaps or a lack of insulation, you can fill it in with inexpensive foam insulation. Just remember to wear a facemask, goggles and protective clothing.
  9. Air conditioning: Place plastic covers over air conditioning ducts.
  10. Vents: Check to make sure there are flaps over the clothes dryer and bath fan vents. Without them, you have a large hole that is constantly letting cold air enter your home.