Cold, uncomfortable drafts in fall and winter force your heating system to work harder. This increases your utility bills and makes inconvenient, expensive breakdowns more likely. Drafts can also shorten your HVAC system’s life as well as let allergens and pollutants sneak into your Boca Raton, Florida, home. You can get rid of drafts by inspecting your home, adding insulation and moving your furniture away from your vents.
Inspect Your Home
Before you start getting rid of drafts, you need to find them. Turn off your HVAC system, and watch for curtains that move because of drafts. Light a candle or incense and move it around near your outside walls. When the candle flickers or the smoke from the incense moves, there’s a draft nearby. Mark the spot with a piece of tape so you can fix the draft with weatherstripping or extra insulation.
Use spray foam insulation to close any gaps under your sink. In many homes, the holes for the pipes are bigger than the pipes. You can find similar holes for the washer and dryer hoses in your laundry room. Check the insulation in your attic for mold, and replace it if needed. You can also add more insulation to get rid of drafts and make your home more comfortable.
Move Furniture Away From Your Vents
The rooms in most homes have cold air returns as well as heating vents. Closing a vent or blocking it with furniture causes the return duct to pull in cold outside air from cracks in windows and doors. This wastes energy and makes your entire home colder. Make sure your vents are open. Move rugs and furniture away from them for good airflow.
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