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Location: House Entry
Mission: Repair air leaks on doors and windows.

According to the US Department of Energy, almost half of your family's power bill goes toward heating and cooling the home. Air leaks in your home let cold air inside during winter and hot air inside during summer. Leaks waste energy and cause the heating and cooling system to work harder which costs more money and shortens the life of the units.

Repair air leaks around doors, windows, laundry vents, and any place where cables or pipes enter the house.

To check for air leaks, tape a rectangular piece of plastic food wrap to a 12-inch ruler. Move the ruler with food wrap around door facings, windows and dryer vent openings. Watch for air leaks to cause the food wrap to move to find places that need to be properly sealed.

Check the seals on the doors that enter the house. Make sure that the door closes tightly. Install weather stripping on the door frames to seal any leaks. Also, replace worn thresholds.

Check around windows for leaks and use caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks.


Fixing these areas will keep not only the Power Bandit away, but also make it harder for other pests like mice and cockroaches to enter your home.


And remember, the biggest leak of all occurs when you leave the door open! When entering and leaving the house, shut the door as quickly as possible to prevent air-conditioned or heated air from escaping the house.

Knock the "draftees" out of your home. Here are some ways:

• Make sure windows and doors are closed and don't have any large gaps.

• Cover windows with shades or curtains on drafty, cloudy winter days to keep warm air in your home. On sunny winter days, open curtains to allow sunlight to help warm your home's air.

• Cover windows in the hottest part of summer days to help your home stay cooler.

• Check unused stoves or fireplaces to make sure flues (openings for smoke to go out) in chimneys are closed.

• Make sure the fireplace flue is closed when you don't have a fire.

 

 

 

 

 

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