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Sun Hat

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Reducing drafts in an old house
« on: December 30, 2017, 04:29:56 PM »
In a conversation on insulation on another thread, there was some discussion about reducing the drafts to limit the cold air seeping into houses. Can anyone recommend any good resources for showing me what to look for? I've calked seams, blocked off my fireplace and insulated around a couple of outlets, but I could use a comprehensive guide.

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JAYSLOL

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Re: Reducing drafts in an old house
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 04:33:09 PM »
I would do a search on YouTube, probably some good videos on how to walk around and what to look for.  I'm off to look up the same thing

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Re: Reducing drafts in an old house
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2017, 04:42:08 PM »
I recently got some Indow Window inserts installed to block off our drafty single-pane windows right behind our bed.

An initial investment that will slowly pay off over time for efficiency and capital improvement to the home, plus we won't get sick with freezing air rushing over us.

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Re: Reducing drafts in an old house
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2017, 10:03:24 PM »
Here is a great resource for how to detect air leaks yourself:

https://energy.gov/energysaver/weatherize/air-sealing-your-home/detecting-air-leaks

After you tackle the obvious stuff, the incense stick method sounds like the way to go.

Also, those Indow inserts look pretty nifty! Would love to learn more about them.

Sun Hat

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Re: Reducing drafts in an old house
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2017, 08:18:11 AM »
Thanks JPDX! That link looks great.

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Re: Reducing drafts in an old house
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2017, 09:38:05 AM »
Many towns and cities also offer free evaluations.

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Re: Reducing drafts in an old house
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2017, 09:58:53 AM »
Using an infared camera can really help you find Cold spots as well. I know it's an expensive piece of equipment but if you know an electrician, electrician's usually have them. Or you might be able to rent them. It will show you the cold spots.