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How to Keep the breeze out of your house

December 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Category: Remodeling Contractor

With these very beautiful yet very cold winter months comes a very bitter draft that seeps through the cracks in your home. There are many ways to prevent the winds to bring your gas and electric bill up. The fallowing are safe do it yourself tips and suggestions that I think you will enjoy learning about.

A very common solution to preventing a breeze from blowing through your home is to put plastic over your windows. There are plastic rolls that you can buy and tape up over your windows. After taping up the plastic over the window, use a blow dryer on it for a few minutes to make a tight fit. For those of you who have not tried this; this is a great way to reduce the cold air coming through those drafty windows. Don’t forget to do all of the windows to best reduce the bitter breeze.

Cold winter winds don’t only seep through your windows; they also can seep through the light switches and outlets. Great Stuff is a product you can buy to fill the holes and cracks in your outlets and light switches. Take off the plate for both the light switches and outlets, than carefully put a little in the holes and cracks and watch the filling expand. Let it dry and put the plates back on.

Drafty doors can be a huge problem. As most people know, rising hot air will pull cold air from outside into the house (this is called the stack effect). Seal the gap at the bottom of the door with a door snake. These can be bought for a small price or you can simply make one yourself. A snake is a long thick cloth sack usually filled with dried peas or rice. Just make sure it is filled with something that does not spoil and is heavy enough to stay in place.

If the draft snake is not convenient for you because people are in and out of the house all the time, then you can also install a draft defeating nylon floor sweep. Although this takes more time to install and it cost a bit more, but its more useful in high traffic doors. All that is need is a screw in the long vinyl at the bottom of your door. Then cut the plastic so it just sweeps your floor when you close it. it might not cut down on ALL the draft, but it will help a lot.

Keeping the winter draft out of your house will guarantee to prevent your gas bill from going up very much between fall and winter. We encourage anyone who has any issues bigger then this to call Christies Design/ Build at 303-833-4715 or a licensed contractor near you to help you out with any other draft problems.

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