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How to Draft-Proof Your Home and Increase Its Energy Efficiency

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Draft-proofing your home is the process of finding and fixing drafts to increase its comfort and energy efficiency. Drafts are air leaks that can make the whole house feel several degrees colder and skyrocket your energy bills.

You can find drafts in places such as windows, doors, attic hatches, pipes leading outside, and ceiling-to-wall joints. These leaks let cold air in and warm air out and make your furnace work harder in winter and your air conditioner work harder in the summer.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that you can enjoy potential energy savings from 5% to 30% per year by reducing drafts.

Caulking

Caulking is a technique that is typically used to seal joints in order to prevent leakage in various structures such as around doors and window frames. In older windows, there’s every likelihood that you’re losing heat or cool air from window gaps. You can use caulking to plug these holes.

Caulking can also be used to to prevent water damage inside and outside the home around faucets, ceiling fixtures, water pipes, electrical outlets, drains, bathtubs, and other plumbing fixtures.