Feeling a cold draft (locating source)


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c_kubie

Sitting in my living room while watching TV. I can feel a cold air
draft move by. I recently put in Celular shades to keep cold from
comming from the windows. Also put in a new storm door to reduce
drafts from the front door.

Is there a good way of targeting where the cold air is from? Also, is
it possible it would be comming from the under the baseboards?

c_kubie
 
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Brikp

Try lighting a candle then blow it out, move it around while its still
smoking to see which way the smoke blows. If your a smoker just move around
a lit cigarette or cigar and watch the smoke.
 
D

Dave Gower

Is there a good way of targeting where the cold air is from?
Go to a crafts or home decorating store and buy a couple of incense sticks.
They work great as smoke pencils and make the place smell nice too. Besides
if you have any hippy friends you'll never get rid of them ;<)
 
B

Bell

The house is haunted. What you feel is the presence of the ghosts moving
about.
 
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William W. Plummer

Sitting in my living room while watching TV. I can feel a cold air
draft move by. I recently put in Celular shades to keep cold from
comming from the windows. Also put in a new storm door to reduce
drafts from the front door.

Is there a good way of targeting where the cold air is from? Also, is
it possible it would be comming from the under the baseboards?
Stairwells are your prime candidate. Tack a blanket across the top of
the stairs. This will block the flow of warm air from the lower level
and the cold air from upstairs down to your living area.
 
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New & Improved - N/F John

Someone recommended purchasing incense sticks. I would add putting a fan in
the window to exhaust inside air. You want to create a draft to find the
leaks.

You should shut off your appliances or furnance when you do this. Go around
your home with the burning incense or a water spray bottle to wet your hand
to feel the cold around electric outlets, doors, floor and wall joints,
windows, paneling joints, penetrations by water or waste pipes, ceiling
fixtures, etc...

You'll find a lot of places you can seal with caulk no doubt. You can make
a list as you go of the drafty spots and go back later to fix it. Have fun.
 
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