FORT MYERS, Fla. (WINK) - Many homeowners continualy battle money-sucking drafts and air leaks in their home. The "Twin Draft Guard" says it can patch your problem, stop a draft, and save you money on your energy bills. And for only $10 a piece, it sounds like a deal.
WINK News' Cayle Thompson ordered the Twin Draft Guard online and took it to Doug Baker, LCEC's supervisor of energy services.
"I would call this a product for the non-handy person," Baker said. "That's who it's designed for."
The Twin Draft Guard consists of two Styrofoam cylinders, enclosed in a piece of cloth. Together, the product slides underneath a door or window, using the Styrofoam to block air from passing underneath.
It works, but Baker called it little more than a bandage that blocks leaks under a door, but not all the way around. When it comes to the exterior doors and windows of your house, Baker said it pays to do a little extra work.
"I would not call this the correct solution, that's the best way to put it," Baker said of the Twin Draft Guard. "Do the job correctly with weatherstripping. Chances are, it's not going to cost you much more, and it's going to do a much better job."
According to Baker, a common misconception on the part of many Florida homeowners is that they can save money by closing off rooms to conserve heat or air conditioning. But because many older Florida homes only have one or two return vents in the house, Baker says blocking air flow can put added pressure on your AC unit, decreasing its efficiency and increasing your bill.
"If you only have one return in your home, the air must travel from one room to another," Baker said. "You want the air to flow freely in your house."
One place Baker says the Twin Draft Guard may help? Rooms that have no AC or heat, such as some laundry rooms. Using the Twin Draft Guard under a door to one of these rooms can help keep heat or cold from leaking into the rest of the house. But once again, Baker says it's merely a patch, and that proper weatherstripping will do a more thorough job.
A message left early in the day with Twin Draft Guard had not yet been returned by deadline.
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