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Doors open and close all the time and, by their very nature, let air in and out of your home on a daily basis. But reducing the drafts that come from under and around your doors is as important as sealing the air leaks in your windows.
Fortunately, there are a variety of energy-saving options to choose from. For example, draft dodgers are quick-fix air blockers that you can lean against the door on a windy day or during a storm. For a more permanent solution, consider installing door sweeps. They not only reduce air infiltration, but also dust, moisture, and insects. Take a look at the products below to see which one is right for you.
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Lay Down Some Draft Dodgers
If you want to block the draft that's sneaking under your door, take a look at this classic, inexpensive and easy to use dodger.
Slide on Removable Draft Guards
For those who like the simplicity of draft dodgers, but don't like to re-position them whenever the door opens and closes, here's another option. They're called draft guards, and they provide a nice balance between the simplicity of draft dodgers and the effectiveness of door sweeps. They're easy to work with and, once positioned, will glide smoothly over the floor. To install, all you have to do is cut the two foam strips, insert them into the sleeve, and slip the guard under the door.
Install Permanent Door Sweeps
If you're looking for the most permanent and effective solution for a lower door draft, you might want to consider a door sweep. For tile and hardwood floors, a simple aluminum model can keep out unwanted air, moisture, and debris. But for rugs and carpeted floors, an automatic door sweep would be a better choice. The latter is designed to rise as the door is opened, and seal the gap when the door is closed.
Apply Self-Adhesive Weatherseal
Weatherseal is a step up from both draft guards and door sweeps, because it blocks air infiltration around the entire door, not just the bottom. You can choose from conventional or premium products. The first is a flexible rubber strip that sticks to the sides, top, and bottom of your door. The second does the same thing, but is made out of high-performance silicone. They're both self-adhesive, easy to install, and guaranteed to stay flexible in temperatures as low as -40°.
Insulate the Attic Door Inside Your Home
Not all of your doors lead outside. In fact, a very important one opens up into your attic. And if you don't insulate it properly, it's like having a hole in your ceiling for heat to escape through. There are two products that can solve this problem, and they both offer sealing, insulation, and ease of use. Take a look and see which one is right for you.