With the cold weather and having to heat your home it’s important to make sure there aren’t drafts throughout your home. This can save you 20% on heating and cooling bills and wasted energy. Check for drafts coming from windows and doors, if you detect a draft make note of it and then make an effort to fix it.  Chaulking and weatherstripping are two ways to do seal air leaks.

©US Department of Energy

©US Department of Energy

There are many different materials that can be used for sealing air leaks, all are effective but some are better suited for particular areas.  Its also important to note the material (wood, metal, plastic, etcetera) that you are sealing.  For example reinforced foam can be attached to wood or metal and rolled and reinforced vinyl is water resistant.  Here is a chart to help you best decide how to seal air leaks.

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