3 Ways to Prevent Drafts & Dampness This Winter

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Drafts and dampness aren’t uncommon in homes in Wyoming, Michigan, but they are frustrating! Fortunately, there are solutions available to boost your home’s efficiency, and reduce moisture and cold breezes.

If you’re ready to reduce moisture in your house during the winter months and explore drafty home prevention, you’re in the right place! We have three solutions to your drafty, damp home symptoms so you can return to comfortable, efficient living.  WMGB is your local home improvement contractor serving the Grand Rapids, Holland, Grand Haven, and Kalamazoo communities. 

  1. Insulation

Insulation’s job is to keep heat inside your home in the winter months, and outside your home in the summer. All too often, Michigan houses have insufficient insulation, leaving their inhabitants exposed to the elements and forcing homeowners to pay more to keep their homes comfortable. When it comes to putting a stop to a drafty and damp home in the winter, having good insulation can make all the difference. 

You really can’t go wrong with investing in insulation anywhere in your home, but a professional will tell you that you’ll see the most impact by adding attic insulation, basement insulation or crawl space insulation. The biggest considerations when adding insulation to your home are the quality of existing insulation (and whether it should be removed before adding more), and what kind of insulation to install.

Types of Insulation

  • Blown-in insulation is most commonly used in attics and floors to help boost your home’s comfort and keep heat in during colder months and heat out in the summer.
  • Spray foam insulation is a fantastic way to seal up parts of your home that are prone to moisture because spray foam insulation is waterproof. Keep reading to learn more about air sealing below.
  1. Air Sealing

Air sealing is a crucial component of a tight and efficient building envelope. Professional air sealing technicians seal your home by locating tiny gaps, cracks, and more throughout your home, and filling these tiny leaks to prevent healthy, conditioned indoor air from escaping, and to keep unconditioned, and often polluted outdoor air out. By improving your home’s air sealing and encapsulation you can see a significant decrease in irregular temperatures, drafts, and more throughout your house. 

As with insulation, you will benefit even more from sealing in ways that you can feel throughout the rest of your home. Crawl space encapsulation, for example, can help you put a stop to condensation on your walls and ceiling because of the moisture barrier that encapsulation adds to this damp and often overlooked part of a home. Air sealing a home can also reduce the likelihood of damaging and sometimes dangerous accumulations of ice around the perimeter of your roof, called ice dams

  1. New Entry Doors

When you come inside from the cold, can you feel a sharp chill sneaking in around the perimeter of your door? Do you notice condensation accumulating or even warping the flooring along your exterior doors, or wonder why nearby walls are wet when it’s cold outside? An entryway or patio door upgrade could be the quickest way to stop condensation on your walls in the winter season. 

Drafty patio and entry doors can be symptoms of low quality or deteriorated exterior doors, and signs that one of the best ways to fix your drafty house would be to replace your exterior doors. 

WMGB is Here to Help When You’re Ready to Get Started

Whenever you’re ready to implement damp house prevention, WMGB is really to help. With over 37 years of experience, our expert team has seen it all! We offer a variety of home energy resources to keep your home comfortable and efficient year-round, know how to fix a damp house this winter, and can even help you figure out where to begin with a full diagnostic home energy audit

Keep your loved ones comfortable this winter. Call 616-226-5558 or contact us online today!

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