It’s that time of year when all anybody can think about is how to stay warm. This often means extremely expensive heating bills, but did you know that you might be spending more on your heating bill than you need to be?
Yes, that’s right. Thousands of people are wasting precious heat and money because their home is letting in cold air through the door and you could be one of them. Luckily, we’re here to prevent that from happening by teaching you how to tell if your door is losing heat in your home.
Take a Close Look
It might sound like we’re stating the obvious, but a lot of people don’t know what they’re looking for when it comes to drafty doors.
From the inside, you’ll want to examine thresholds and weather stripping. The most obvious sign of a door that’s leaking heat is daylight. If you can see even the tiniest crack of daylight through your door, it’s probably letting warm air out and cold air in. You’ll also want to be on the look out for weather stripping that seems cracked.
In some cases, you might be able to repair small leaks, but other times you’ll need to replace the weather stripping entirely.
Light-up Some Smoke
No, we’re not suggesting you take up smoking for the purposes of this experiment. An incense stick or anything else that lets off smoke will do just fine and can really help to identify those sneaky air leaks that might not be visible to the naked eye.
First, close every door and window in your house and turn off your furnace and water heater. You’ll also need to turn on the vents in your house (most likely found in the bathroom and kitchen).
Hold your smoke source close to your doors and windows, watching for a change in direction from the rising smoke. If the smoke isn’t disturbed, you probably don’t have any leaks. If it stars to waiver and is drawn inwards, you might have a leak on your hand.
Invest in an Infrared Thermometer
One fairly foolproof method of identifying doors leaking warm air is by investing in an infrared thermometer. These can measure air temperatures around doors by registering a colder temperature than the rest of the home.
When All Else Fails, Call in a Pro
If you don’t trust any of the above methods or if you’ve tried them and your home still seems to be losing heat, it might be time to call in a professional energy auditor.
He or she will be able to discover any air leaks and guide you on the best way to fix them (usually sealing them up with high quality caulking will do the trick.) Although this will cost a bit of extra money, just think of how much you’ll be saving on your heating bill.
Deborah Salinas is my name and I am a contented homemaker who works from dawn to dusk for the well being of my family. I love everything which makes my home look elegant and stylish. I am an absolute family person and I try my best in bringing down heaven within the four walls of my home. I live with my husband and two handsome sons in Toronto.