Draft Stoppers Help Keep The Elderly Warm
My house was built in 1857 so, when Mom moved in with me after Dad died, I had to put some effort into getting rid of drafty areas in the house. Prior to my going to war with drafts, there was one spot in the living room where I couldn’t even keep a candle lit! Talk about drafty!
So, in the interest of keeping Mom warm and keeping my heating bill as low as possible, Mom and I identified the draftiest parts of the rooms and set about fixing them. We became pretty good at fighting drafts, if I say so myself.
The below items to help stop drafts are found on Amazon.com. They’re my go-to company for this kind of stuff although some of these items might be carried at your local Home Depot, Lowe’s, or Walmart stores.
Window Draft Stoppers
My first defense to fighting drafts was to install window film over the windows. ‘Install’ is too strong a word; I simply put the window film up over the window. After that, a quick once-over with a hair dryer and the window film becomes almost undetectable.
And Voila – the candle in the living room now only flickered.
Here’s a few other highly praised ways to cut down on window drafts:
3M Interior Transparent Weather Sealing Tape, 1.5-Inch by 10-YardFrost King R734H Sponge Rubber Foam Tape 3/4Thermwell DS2 3-Feet Draft Stop Cloth Seal, BeigeDraft Stopper – Nicole Grey – Unfilled Window or Door Draft StopperGREAT STUFF Window & Door 12 oz Insulating Foam Sealant
Under Door Double Draft Stoppers
Thermwell Products DDS2 4-1/2-Inch by 36-1/2-Inch Double Draft StopNext up in my arsenal to combat my drafty house was to address the area under the doors where the wind just whistled through.
Like my house, the doors were built in 1857. Although they were top quality in their day, these beautiful doors have not weathered well over the years. With temperatures below freezing in winter and over 90 in summer, the passing years have taken their toll – my beautiful doors were slightly warped.
Instead of replacing the doors (which I can’t bring myself to do), I’ve found ways to minimize the drafts caused by the door warping. I had to consider my elderly Mother in the solution; I couldn’t have tripping hazards around.
That’s how I discoverd the best draft stopper for under the door – it’s the one there to the left. I love this double draft stopper by Thermwell as it seems to be a bit more substantial than competitor products. And, with no way for it to slide out from under the door, you’re minimizing the chances of tripping Grandma or Grandpa.
Another benefit to these double door draft stoppers is that, when the door is opened or closed, there’s no need to readjust the position of the draft stopper – it automatically stays under the door. That itself was enough to sell me.
Decorative and Functional Door Draft Stoppers
The only time I used these kind of decorative, yet functional, draft stoppers was in rooms with doors that would never open – like my dining room door that leads to the front porch. It hasn’t opened in 26 years. There was no way that Mom would ever trip over one of these single draft door stoppers.
Sheep Draft StopperSnowman Draft Stopper36Heavy Duty Fleece Draft Blocker – Save Energy – Keep The Cold Out – 36-in (Black Plaid)Hampton Direct Cat Draft StopperDraft StopperDoor Draft Stopper Filled with Fragrant Balsam – Standard 2Door Draft Stopper Filled with Fragrant Balsam – Standard 2Jumbo Heavy Duty Fleece Draft Stopper-Save Energy- Keep the Cold Out- Fits Doors and Windows Up to 36Door Draft Stopper Filled with Fragrant Balsam – Standard 2