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Reduce your home heating costs by stopping drafts at the source

Insulation Wrapped In Plastic Packaging

One of the things that makes the Mid Atlantic a tourist destination is the rich history around seemingly every corner, as some of the oldest and most historically significant residences in the country can be found in this neck of the woods. These houses are wonderful to look at from afar or visit for a short period, but actually calling these properties home is another story entirely.

Over the years, insulation that was probably insufficient to begin with will begin to break down, causing houses that haven't been renovated in a long time to be brutally cold during the chillier months of the year.

One of the most uncomfortable problems in these aged properties are drafts. Because an older house has had the opportunity to settle into itself, cracks may start forming in either the walls or the trims around baseboards and windows that are letting cold breezes penetrate.

The Department of Energy reports that making sure your home is airtight during the winter months can save you up to 25 percent on their utility bill. Even though it's already starting to get cold out, it isn't too late to look into getting your home sealed up from the elements.

The first step is to hit up your nearest hardware store and purchase some basic caulking, like the kind you might use to waterproof parts of your bathroom. If you know that the cold air is coming in from a specific location, feel around the edges or bases of windows or floor boards for a breeze. To guarantee you don't miss the source, wet your hand before feeling for the air so that the draft will feel colder and, therefore, more noticeable.

From there, simply seal up any spots that are making your home colder with caulking. If your home still feels cold after fixing the drafts, it may be time to look into heating system repair from a professional contractor.

About John C. Flood

At John C. Flood, we are committed to a standard of excellence and quality that no other Arlington heating repair service can offer. With more than 100 years experience providing plumbing, air conditioning and electrical contracting, we have unmatched skill and expertise satisfying our many area customers.

We also offer energy saving Management Plans that will save customers on utility expenses in the long run. We are open seven days a week and offer customers regular rates no matter when they need us to stop by their home or business.