As the colder weather creeps in, you’re likely preparing to pay a higher electric bill. It just seems to be the way. And depending on how old your home is, your bill could be exponentially higher in the fall and winter months due to drafts alone. So what are you supposed to do if you have a drafty house? Just eat the additional cost? Not if we can help it! We’ve got a few simple tips to help tackle your drafty house and reduce that monstrous electric bill.

How to tackle a drafty house

Replace weatherstripping

This is likely the most obvious solution. And it’s one you probably have already heard at least once or twice. But there’s a reason for that. Weatherstripping is a simple, effective and inexpensive way to combat drafts.

If you happen to have any wider gaps, say over a half-inch or so, you should fill them with expanding spray foam.

Re-apply caulking to doors and windows

It’s wise to inspect the exterior and interior window and door frames each year. Take notice of anywhere that the caulking is missing, dry and/or cracked and re-apply it. You’ll likely want to go with a caulking that’s rubberized because it tends to last longer. It’s also super flexible which is great when it comes to moving with the natural expansion and contraction of the house.

Install door sweeps

A door sweep can be attached to the bottom of your door. It’s designed to close the gap between the door and the frame. You’ll want it to be flush with the bevel of the door threshold. Just be mindful that it shouldn’t drag on the floor.

Consider window film

If you have single-pane windows, a great temporary solution is to install window film. It’s important that it be installed correctly with a continuous smooth seal using double sided-tape. The point here is to make sure the air is effectively trapped.

To reiterate, this is a temporary solution only, but a great option while you save for new windows

Opt for insulated window treatments

Insulated window treatments are possibly the most underrated solution here. Insulated drapes, layered curtains, cellular or roman shades alone or in combination will absolutely work to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They all aid in preventing warm air from escaping around the windows while adding a touch of decor to your space.

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