Signs Of Winter

You may have seen these tiny white puffs floating in the air today around 7:00 AM. If you missed that, just walk into a store and you will observe the sights of rock salt, fir trees to decorate and shovels. Yep, it is on its way…. WINTER!

So since you cannot deny the temperatures, have you started to winterize your home?  A 1/8 inch gap under a 36-inch-wide door that will let in cold air as if a 2.4 inch diameter hole was punched in a wall.

Energy.gov is a great resource to help eliminate drafts in the home. Here is where they suggest checking.

On the outside of your house, inspect all areas where two different building materials meet, including:

  • All exterior corners
  • Outdoor water faucets
  • Where siding and chimneys meet
  • Areas where the foundation and the bottom of exterior brick or siding meet.

Inside your home, inspect the following areas for any cracks and gaps that could cause air leaks:

  • Electrical outlets
  • Switch plates
  • Door and window frames
  • Electrical and gas service entrances
  • Baseboards
  • Weather stripping around doors
  • Fireplace dampers
  • Attic hatches
  • Wall- or window-mounted air conditioners.
  • Cable TV and phone lines
  • Where dryer vents pass through walls
  • Vents and fans.