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October 25, 2011

Winterize Your Home: Mind the Gap

IStock_000008831409XSmallOct. 30 is National Weatherization Day. With winter knocking at your door, keep cold air out and energy bills down by weatherizing your home. This week's tips will help get you started.

Tip #2: Seal those cracks.

Sealing cracks reduces heating costs, makes your home last longer, and creates a healthier indoor environment. By controlling air flow in and out, moisture and mold is minimized. Doors and windows are the most obvious culprits, but check those places where different materials meet: brick against wood siding, walls at the foundation, and siding next to the chimney.

To detect leaks, try this on a cold, windy day: Shut off the furnace, close doors and windows, turn on exhaust fans, and hold an incense stick next to typical gaps. If the smoke gets sucked out, you’ve found where you need to seal.

Tell us: How do you detect air leaks at home?

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