A Dozen Easy Ways to Keep Cold Air from Entering Your House
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There’s nothing like returning to a warm home when it’s freezing outside. Unfortunately, cold air has many sneaky ways to follow you inside. Good news: There are some quick (and inexpensive!) ways to seal drafts and keep your home toasty all winter long. Here’s a quick list.
12 Quick Fixes for a Drafty House
Fixing these trouble spots doesn’t take much effort, time or money — and the payoff of a warm home can’t be beat.
Windows: Secure the sash locks along all the windows in your house to clamp them down as much as possible. You can also seal windows that won’t be opened until spring with temporary caulking.
Exterior doors: Install a door sweep along exterior doors to help keep cold air from entering your house.
Curtains: Put up extra thick curtains. Consider buying ones with thermal lining for extra insulation.
Weather stripping: Seal gaps between doors and side jambs with long pieces of weather stripping.
Chimney: Invest in a chimney balloon if you have an infrequently used fireplace. They’re inexpensive and will help keep cold air from entering your house and warm air from escaping—just make sure to remove them before you build a fire.