How to locate a draft in your home - HMS National, Inc.

How to locate a draft in your home

August 29, 2014

The summer is winding down, and that means the cold weather is on the way. Before those frigid winds set in, you can check your home for drafts so you won't be shivering indoors come winter. Moreover, sealing up drafts can save you a little money on your monthly utility bill. According to Energy Star, sealing up those pesky air leaks can help you save up to 10 percent on your annual energy bills. Here are a few tips for locating a draft in your home.

Know where to look
There are a few common culprits when it comes to in-home drafts. Be sure to check over these areas, the U.S. Department of Energy suggested:

  • Electrical outlets and switch plates
  • Baseboards
  • Attic hatches
  • Door and window frames
  • Vents and fans.

Check anywhere a feature in a wall could lead outside. If it's hard to tell if there's a draft, there are a few things you can do to make locating airflow a bit easier.

Batten down the hatches
Close all of your doors and windows, shut your chimney flue and turn off any appliances that may create air flow in the house. This makes it easier to find those little cracks where air is entering your house, according to Allstate. On a windy day, it can be even easier to find those spots. However, if you're still unsure about a draft, you can light a stick of incense and see which direction the smoke travels in certain places. Hold the incense up to the door frames, windows and other locations you're skeptical of. As another handy trick, you can try wetting a few of your fingers to feel for airflow easier. Drafts will feel cooler against your skin.

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.