DIY Feature: Testing for Air Leaks and Drafts
In this month’s DIY Feature we are going to give you three steps to testing for air leaks and drafts in your home. As the temperature begins to change the best thing you can do at home is to make sure the cold is staying out and the heat is staying in. Follow these three steps to identify any unnecessary leaks in your home.
1. Feel Around windows and door frames with your hands. If you feel cold or hot outside air, you should seal the area.
2. At night, shine a flashlight over all potential gaps while a partner observes from the other side. Light will shine through large cracks.
3. Shut a door or window on a piece of paper. If you can pull the paper out without tearing it, you are wasting energy.
Properly sealing cracks and openings in your home can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs, improve building durability and create a healthier home.
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