Let’s Start Closing Up Those Drafts

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Let’s Start Closing Up Those Drafts

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Drafts can come into your home in various ways and make your house feel several degrees colder. This can cause you to spend more money than you need to on your heating bills, especially in the cold winter months. The following are some ways that you can solve the problem of drafts within your household.

What Causes Drafts?

Drafts happen when the warm air in a house leaks out and is replaced by cold air from outside. There are many places within your home where a draft can occur, and the important part is figuring out the source of the draft. Unfinished floors, fireplaces, attics, windows and doors are all common sources of a draft. The draft problem could also be caused by poor insulation in your home. Check for any cracks or openings in these areas of your home to figure out where the draft is coming from. Tighten any electrical outlets and lighting fixtures, and apply caulk to any noticeable gaps on doors and windows.

How it Affects Your Home

Drafts bring an uncomfortable chill from outside into your home, becoming a nightmare for any homeowner. Drafts have the potential to reduce the air quality in your home, bringing on the potential for health problems. They can also allow water to enter into your home, which can lead to a mold problem or a potential pest infestation. Drafts can also cost you extra money on your energy bill by increasing the energy output of your home. Your heating system will work at increased power to attempt to deal with the lower air temperature. The U.S. Energy Department estimates that you can save up to 10 to 20 percent on your energy bill by reducing drafts. The quicker you deal with a draft problem, the more money you will end up saving.

How We Can Help

Our highly trained technicians at Nationwide Maintenance can help with your issues with drafts, as well as your other household needs. If you live in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team of trained professionals will assist you in sealing up the cause of the draft in your home. Visit us at http://nationwidemaintenance.com/ or give us a call at (914)-241-1010. The harshest parts of winter are approaching, so make sure that your home is well prepared for the cold weather.