Con­serve en­ergy, re­duce drafts with in­su­la­tion

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - OPEN HOUSES -

As the weather cools down, many Cana­di­ans start to no­tice un­com­fort­able, cold drafts of air in their homes. House­hold drafts are a com­mon but se­ri­ous prob­lem – par­tic­u­larly for those liv­ing in older homes. Be­yond sim­ply de­creas­ing the com­fort of the in­door en­vi­ron­ment, this air flow in­di­cates a waste of house­hold en­ergy which will trans­late to higher heat­ing bills.

To min­i­mize air leak­age and re­duce house­hold en­ergy bills, home­own­ers should re­place old win­dows, seal win­dows that they donʼt open and block drafts un­der doors. To seal large cracks around win­dows, cut strips of in­su­la­tion batts and in­sert into cracks, then seal with red con­struc­tion tape us­ing strips of poly vapour re­tarder (if nec­es­sary) or seal smaller cracks with a foam sealant. -

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