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Draft Dodgers: Cheap and Easy Ways to Keep Winter's Chill Out of Your Home

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Keeping Cozy

We all know that once you catch a chill, it can be hard to shake it. Your home can also suffer seasonal chills. There are, though, countless products designed to keep your surroundings warm and toasty this winter. Read on for a selection that should keep you from having to blast the heat — and potentially curb your energy bills along the way. 


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Home District Door Draft Stopper
Amazon

Home District Door Draft Stopper

$30 and up from Amazon

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Pretty to look out of all year, sliding doors are notorious for letting cold air into a home during the cooler months. This weighted sliding door draft stopper is specifically designed for the bottom of the door, whether those sliding doors lead to your home’s patio or an apartment’s terrace. A generous "snake-style" design, it comes in several colors and is designed to offer a snug, sturdy fit.

Cadara Fireplace Blocker Blanket
Amazon

Cadara Fireplace Blocker Blanket

$63 and up from Amazon

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Website Family Handyman reports that "a fireplace is a huge source of drafts from the cold outdoors." This fireplace draft stopper, available in several sizes starting at 39-by-32 inches, is designed to stop overnight heat loss and save energy, helping “keep out the drafts, odors and debris from coming into your home through the fireplace or wood stove.”


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Chimney Balloon
Amazon

Chimney Balloon

$47 from Amazon

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The Chimney Balloon is a trademarked product designed to serve as a chimney draft stopper. This model is its medium size (24-by-12 inches), created with a handle valve and a proprietary puncture-resistant 3-ply poly membrane. It’s said to promote savings of "up to 30 percent on your heating bill and stop cold fireplace draft debris and odor."


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Frost King Designer Cloth Draft Seal
Home Depot
Airtite Stick 'N' Seal Outlet Draft Sealers
Amazon

Airtite Stick 'N' Seal Outlet Draft Sealers

$17 from Amazon

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Light switches and outlets are another place where chilly air can slip into a room. Prevent such drafts with these adhesive-backed sealers, which are ideal for any room in your house but especially efficient where outlets are on outside walls.

Nest Thermostat E
Source: Walmart

Google Nest Thermostat E

$144 from Walmart

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A straightforward design and an unobtrusive frosted display combine to make this product and its energy-saving features a smart choice. Having your home at the proper temperature is the ideal goal and with this, you can adjust the temperature from anywhere. A Home/Away Assist enables the product to turn itself down after you leave so you’re not wasting energy heating your home when no one’s there. The Nest app even allows you to check your energy history for optimum efficiency.


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Morgan Home Jumbo Draft Guard
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

Morgan Home Jumbo Draft Guard

$15 from Bed Bath & Beyond

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If you’re tired of flimsy models, this might be the ideal weighted door draft stopper, which just happens to come in a snazzy gray plaid design and can loop onto a doorknob when not in use. It’s made to fit standard-size doors, so it’s not only nicely sized but also blocks out light, sounds, and smells that can creep under a door making it a versatile pick equally useful in a guest room or apartment.

Reliancer Magnetic Thermal Insulated Door Curtain
Amazon

Reliancer Magnetic Thermal Insulated Door Curtain

$20 and up from Amazon

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If your drafts are really pronounced, you may need more than something that lies across a door’s bottom. This is a vertical spin on a door draft stopper, available in a variety of sizes. As noted, "the temperature protection insulated door curtains with 0.15mm thickness effectively prevent warm air loss in winter and keep the cold wind from entering."


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DebbieCrochets Door Snake
Etsy

DebbieCrochets Door Snake

$24 from Etsy

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For a clever take on the idea of a door "snake" draft stopper, select this hand-crocheted draft blocker in the form of, yes, a snake. It’s not scary but rather playful, offering 40 inches of colorful reptilian warmth stuffed with fiberfill and available in 40 different styles.

Torrami Felt Weather Stripping Seal Tape
Amazon

Torrami Felt Weather Stripping Seal Tape

$8 and up from Amazon

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For the DIYers out there, this product is a self-adhesive door brush seal strip. Its neat-pile design, made with environmentally friendly material, keeps drafts out, and it comes in a decor-friendly winter gray. It's designed to keep out cold air as well as cut down on dust and sound. 


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3M Window Insulator Kit
Amazon

3M Window Insulator Kit

$20 from Amazon

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If your windows need replacing but there’s no money in the budget, this product is a cost-conscious window draft stopper. This kit promises "quick and easy installation" and is designed to save energy, reduce heating costs, reduce condensation, and prevent frost buildup. One kit will cover two 3-by-5 foot indoor windows.

Bell + Howell Alien Draft Seal Transparent Silicone
Amazon

Bell + Howell Alien Draft Seal Transparent Silicone

$20 from Amazon

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Another option for a weather-stripping door seal is this silicone seal strip, a flexible product that promises to "instantly" insulate not only doors but also windows. You’ll get 49 feet of anti-draft adhesive to apply where needed.


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MAGZO Foam Seal Adhesive Tape
Amazon

MAGZO Foam Seal Adhesive Tape

$10 and up from Amazon

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When it comes to foam weather stripping, this seal tape offers a "high-density" option that's weatherproof and also resistant to oil, corrosion, and dust while offering shock-absorbing properties and sound insulation. Available in 16 sizes, it may even muffle those howling wintry wind gusts.

Xelparuc Brush Seal Weatherstripping
Walmart

Xelparuc Brush Seal Weatherstripping

$12 and up from Walmart

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Who knew textures were so varied when it comes to window weather stripping? This "brush seal" weather stripping, also suitable for doors, features a self-adhesive felt insulation and comes in gray or white.


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M-D Cinch Slide On Bottom Door Seal
Lowe's

M-D Cinch Slide On Bottom Door Seal

$15 from Lowes

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This draft-stopping option is adjustable, features slide-on installation and also offers a rain guard to divert water. It comes in two colors and requires no hardware or drilling to install.

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3M Interior Transparent Weather Sealing Tape

$8 from Amazon

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If your region’s prone to a lot of rain or snow in the winter months, this moisture-resistant weather stripping tape makes a solid choice for both windows and doors. The 10-yard roll is designed for sealing cracks to reduce energy loss and is flexible enough to conform easily to angles and curves.


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Twin Draft Guard Extreme for Doors
Amazon

Twin Draft Guard Extreme for Doors

$17 from Amazon

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Why protect just one side of your door? This patented under-door draft stopper features a design that easily slides under doors to block cold air from entering your home. How? A durable fabric cover contains foam cylinders on both sides of the door to create an airtight seal that’s compatible with all types of flooring including carpet, tile, linoleum and hardwood. 


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Patio Pacific Sliding Glass Door Draft Stopper
Amazon

Patio Pacific Sliding Glass Door Draft Stopper

$37 and up from Amazon

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While you can use general weather stripping, this product is designed specifically as sliding glass door weather stripping. It's designed to cover any potential gaps up to 1.5 inches wide and also fits all patio panel, sash window, and pet door installations.

Amxikin High-Density Silicone Rubber Weather Stripping Door Seal
Amazon

Amxikin High-Density Silicone Rubber Weather Stripping Door Seal

$15 and up from Amazon

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This weather stipping door seal features premium silicone rubber designed to retain its flexibility during extreme weather. Besides its durability, the product features a strong self-adhesive backing for high performance and offers sound insulation, as well.


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Aswei Weather Stripping Kerf Door Seal
Amazon

Aswei Weather Stripping Kerf Door Seal

$26 from Amazon

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Those in search of door jamb weather stripping might turn to this product, said to be ideal for sealing large gaps. It features 26 feet of weather stripping with a rigid PVC flange, making it ideal for kerfed door jambs. Flexible and durable, it’s billed as being suitable for a storm-door seal and remains pliable in varying temperatures.

The Serious Thermal Blockout Curtain Liner
Hammacher Schlemmer & Company, Inc.

The Serious Thermal Blockout Curtain Liner

$35 and up from Hammacher Schlemmer

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For an alternative to weather stripping a window, this product is a "hotel-grade" curtain liner designed to block drafts as well as excessive heat, light, and sound. It’s easily installed behind any style drape and requires no adhesive. The insulating liner, a machine washable cotton-poly blend, is backed with acrylic suede to provide a barrier against winter drafts. Hook it to standard curtain rods for an invisible layer of protection.


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Latitude Run Tricia Blackout Curtain For French Doors
Wayfair LLC.

Latitude Run Tricia Blackout Curtain For French Doors

$140 and up from Wayfair

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French doors are decorative … but that’s a lot of glass, which can let in a lot of chilly air. For those who don't want to weather strip their French doors, an alternative could be this set of triple-woven panels designed to not only offer thermal protection but also reduce noise and block out light. 

The 750 Watt Wall Outlet Heater
Hammacher Schlemmer & Company, Inc.

The 750 Watt Wall Outlet Heater

$70 from Hammacher Schlemmer

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A space heater, when used properly, can add warmth to a specific area. Opt for this compact space-heater unit that readily plugs into any wall outlet and is designed to heat a small room with "double the power of similar units." It includes a remote control and is not designed for bathrooms. 


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Moskila Cat Draft Block
Amazon

Moskila Cat Draft Block

$25 from Amazon

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Need a door draft stopper that’s both creative and functional? This one’s seemingly designed to appeal to cat lovers who want to keep their rooms warm. A double-sided charmer, it can also be used in warmer months to keep the cool air from the air conditioner within.

L.L. Bean Wicked Cozy Heated Throw
L.L.Bean Inc.

L.L. Bean Wicked Cozy Heated Throw

$109 from L.L. Bean

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You’ll be able to turn down the heat in the evening, or even when watching TV or reading any time of day if you snuggle under this 50-by-60-inch throw that features the same "innovative heated technology" of this brand’s larger heated blankets. Available in cream, gray, or blue, it’s been well-reviewed, with one recent customer noting "it feels luxurious, is not too heavy, and has several choices of heat levels."


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Fox Valley Traders Home Sweet Home Draft Block
Amazon

Fox Valley Traders Home Sweet Home Draft Block

$24 from Amazon

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When you’ve done all you can to create a warm and cozy interior, you’ll hopefully feel a sense of serenity — not to mention relief at the energy savings. Give a nod to what you’ve done with this charming “Home Sweet Home” energy-efficient draft block, which features an elegant tapestry design and adds a sweet touch to your chill-free castle.


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