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Where is That Draft Coming From?

The winter chill has stepped in here in Albany, NY, and homeowners are doing everything they can to keep themselves and their families warm and comfortable. For those who are dealing with drafts, knowing how to fix the problem can be difficult. This is especially true when you just can’t seem to tell exactly where a draft is coming from, which is a common issue in many of the older homes that characterize the Albany area.

drafty roomsNot sure where that draft is coming from? Our thermographic cameras can solve the problem once and for all. By detecting heat radiation and converting it to a color display that shows blue for colder objects and red for warmer objects, we can quickly and easily determine where the “problem areas” in your home exist. It’s all part of our energy audit process, which is the fastest and most effective way to move in the direction of true home performance.

Common “Problem Areas”

As you might expect, there are some areas found within your home that are more likely than others to create drafts. Chances are you already know where some of your air leaks are if you’ve lived in your home for a while, but you may also be overlooking some of the more problematic areas that tend to create issues. This include:

  • Knee Walls
  • Attic Hatch/Opening
  • Wiring Holes (Cable TV, Electrical Outlets, Phone Lines)
  • Plumbing Vents
  • Recessed Lighting
  • Furnace Flues or Ducts
  • Basement Rim Joists

In many cases, the problem comes down to a lack of proper air sealing. Air sealing can make all the difference in the world when it comes to keeping conditioned air from escaping, and it can also help to keep drafts at bay. When combined with insulation, air sealing can all but completely stop drafts from entering your home, thus creating a more comfortable, safe and healthy living environment.

Start With Your Attic, Finish with Your Basement

At Zerodraft, we know that there are two parts of the home in particular that need to be focused upon in order to ensure that drafts don’t become a problem—your attic, and your basement. We’ll work to ensure that insulation and air sealing in these parts of the home are properly addressed, working with your budget and needs to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks.


Don’t let a drafty home ruin your winter. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

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