Wonder why it is extra freezing cold inside your house on winter days? It could be because extra cold air also called draught is entering your house through cracks and gaps. It is best to fix them as these same cracks also become the entry point of hot air and dust during summer and they increase your heating costs.
Home Improvement for Gaps in Your Home Causing Draughts
Aside from draught, another cause of winter gusts forcing through cracks in your home is that hot air rises and passes out from a heated room. This consequently sucks cold air into the room through the gaps around windows and doors and also through spaces between floorboards and joints.
Gaps can sometimes be easily spotted but in times you think there’s a gap but can’t seem to see it, light a candle or incense and put the area you think there’s a gap. Observe the movement of the smoke, it can tell if there’s an air leak. Knowing where the gaps are is the first step to achieve a draught proof home.
To fix the gaps, mostly around skirting boards, architraves, and cornices, you can stop them with some caulking compound, like an acrylic gap stopper. It is best to use a caulking gun for a more precise application. Caulking compounds are also marketed in applicator tubes.
Home Improvement Applying Caulking Products
There is a variety of colored caulking products that can be bought from the hardware. You can always choose from an array colors to match your house paint or woodwork.
To effectively apply the colored caulking compound, hold the applicator at a 45-degree angle and push it away from you as you run a bead along the gap. This will make you force the compound deeper into the gap.
As you complete each section, wipe the bead to take off the excess filler with your finger.
With doors there are two areas of concern: the gap on its bottom and gaps on the sides between the door and frame.
Home Improvement with Weather Strips for Fixing Gaps
In fixing the gaps on the sides of the door, obtain some self-adhesive weather strips available in hardware shops. They come in the form of rubber, foam, or plastic. Pick the one that fits the size and shape of your door.
Before starting the task, properly clean the surface you are attaching the weather strips to. Adhesives work best on clean surfaces. You should also unroll the weather strips and heat them under the sun for around five minutes to soften them. This will make them more flexible and easier to install.
After this, seal the gaps around the door by pushing them and cutting off the excess. In some instances, when a small frame of wood beading with rubber seal inserted in it, it can be fitted inside the door jamb.
Home Improvement Using a Draught Excluder
You may also purchase a draught excluder and put it at the bottom of your door. You can choose from a variety of styles that fit various kinds of doors and frame structures. They usually come in a kit complete a manual of instructions and all the necessary hardware making them easy to fit.
To make the right purchase, make sure you have noted the accurate measurement of your door and its type.