My old house has a very old door in the back, although I doubt it is the original. One thing is for certain is that it is drafty in the winter. In fact, I can see daylight coming through.
I fixed my front door a long time ago by installing a door sweep. I watched this video I found on Avista’s website and followed the directions. It was fairly easy: I measured my door, used a hand saw to trim down the sweep to fit and used my hand drill to attach it with screws. For my back door, I wanted something a little cheaper. I am planning on replacing the door next year. Along with being able to see daylight underneath the door, there are also drafts coming through the slats.
I went to the hardware store and bought a door snake. It was very simple. It came with Styrofoam columns to place in either side of a zippered bag. I slid it zipper-side first under the door and I had plugged the draft under my door.
There are lots of ways drafts can get in through your doors. You can find energy saving tips on Avista’s website. Not only does it have good advice, it often inspires me to take on new projects.
Lisa, an Avista customer, bought her 1910 house because she loved the old-world character, some of which doesn’t make her house very energy efficient. Lisa is sharing her experience on taking some simple do-it-yourself improvements to inspire others to do the same. You’ll find her stories right here every Tuesday morning.