As the winter months approach, keeping your house warm and cozy is probably a top priority. However, as the cold weather creeps in, you start to notice that you feel drafts of cold air slip under your doors. This, quite clearly, works against your home's heating system.
One of the best ways to prevent this from happening is through the addition of a draft excluder. Draft excluders are accessories that are positioned at the bottom of a door to prevent air loss. They're used to cover the gaps or other small crevices that allow cool air to pass between rooms or from indoors to outside.
Drafts may even be causing you to have higher energy bills due to the inefficiency! And who doesn't want to save money on utilities? Say goodbye to heat loss.
With all of that information running through your mind, it's a good time to start thinking of the benefits of draft excluders. These nifty accessories help regulate and maintain the temperature of your house as well as help save energy. There are a few different types of draft excludes and blockers that you should consider. These include door snakes, double-sided door snakes, brush seals, foam tapes, and rubber seals.
All of these options are relatively inexpensive and simple to install. What's even better is that there some selections that have fun, colorful, and interesting designs and patterns. With a great variety of characteristics, you're sure to find the perfect one for your home.
In order to help you find the best option, we created a list of 15 draft excluders for doors. So, without further ado, let's get to it!
These draft excluders get their name from their long and skinny shape. These excluders are placed on one side of the bottom of the door to block the draft from flowing in and out.
1. Doggy Door Snake
This dog-shaped door draft stopper measures 36 inches long and 6 inches wide. Its length and width ensure that there is adequate coverage over the gap. It weighs 6 pounds and is filled with 3-dimensional high elastic cotton with glass beads. The weight helps the door snake stay in place. The dog design turns the practical accessory into an adorable figure. It works in both the winter and summer months.
2. Weighted Door Snake
More on the simple side, this weighted door snake has a nice heather gray color. The soft weighted door snake is filled with polyester wadding and glass beads to give it some weight. The loops on each side give it a snug fit and make it easy to hang on a hook when not in use.
There are 5 colors from which you can choose: gray, blue, brown, beige, and orange. There are also five different lengths.
3. Giraffe Door Snake
Dress up the bottom of your door with this cute giraffe draft stopper. It measures 36 inches long and 3.5 inches wide to ensure full coverage. It weighs 2 pounds, so it's sure to remain in place. The loops attached to each end give it stability and the option to be hung when not in use.
Double-Sided Door Snakes
This type of draft excluder easily slides under the door and provides a buffer on both sides of the door.
1. Under Door Draft Stopper
This door draft stopper snugly hugs the bottom of the door and provides a cushioned stopper on each side of the door. It's adjustable between 32 and 38 inches. The foam inserts come in a 38-inch length, so all you have to do is cut them down to the desired length for your door. It covers gaps up to 1.4 inches. Color options include gray, white, brown, and black.
2. Double-Sided Draft Stopper
This double-sided draft stopper has a more elegant appearance to it. The draft excluder measures 36 inches in length. While the foam inserts can be cut down, it works best on a 36-inch wide door. The cover is machine washable, so no need to fret about it getting dirty. There are 10 colors and pattern options from which you can choose.
3. Twin Draft Guard
This twin pack of draft excluders fits doors up to 36 inches wide. There are 5 colors form which you can choose: brown, black, gold, green, and navy. So whether you want the color to match your door or not is up to you. The draft guards are constructed from durable material that will stand the test of time.
This type of draft excluder features brush bristles attached to a metal strip that latches to the bottom of the door. The length of the brush bristles can vary.
1. Deco Home Door Seal
This brush seal is connected to an aluminum plate that gets attached to the bottom of the door via screws. You can also attach it with double-sided tape if you can't use screws. The seal measures 36 inches long and 1.7 inches wide. The aluminum will not rust.
2. Adhesive Brush Strip
This brush draft excluder has a felt pile construction. The brush is non-toxic and environmentally friendly. The long roll of the brush strip has a strong adhesive back that easily attaches to the bottom of the door. This roll has 16 feet of material. Color options include brown, white, gray, and black.
3. Self-Adhesive Brush Door Seal
This self-adhesive brush door seal measures 39 inches long and 1.2 inches tall. You can cut the length down if needed. The backing has the adhesive that attaches to the bottom of the door. This type of backing makes it very easy and hassle-free to install.
Foam tapes have an adhesive side that attaches to the bottom of the door, sealing it and helping to prevent drafts from passing through. The tape will fit tightly, but you should still be able to open the door without trouble.
1. Neoprene Weather Strip
The strong adhesive on this foam attaches to practically any material of the door. The neoprene sponge is resistant to ozone, sunlight, and oxidation. It seals the area off very well, eliminating air leaks. There are 6 different size options from which you can choose, ensuring you have the most customized experience possible. It's easy to cut this material to the size you need.
2. Thick Foam Tape
This thick foam tape serves as an excellent draft excluder. The high-density foam has a strong adhesive back, sticking firmly to the underside of the door. Cut the foam to the size that you need. Since it has a 1/2 inch width, you could even double it up for additional protection. Between the two rolls, you'll have just over 13 feet of material.
3. Adhesive Insulation Foam
This 2-inch wide adhesive insulation foam is perfect for the underside of the door. The strong adhesive backing attaches tightly to the material, eliminating the passage of air drafts. The adhesive is also waterproof, so you don't have to worry about water compromising its ability.
Rubber strips are typically attached to a wood or metal mounting strip that goes on the bottom of the door.
1. Door Draft Stopper
This door draft guard has a 39-inch length that can be cut down to a smaller size if needed. Its height is 1.9 inches. The extra strong adhesive backing sticks firmly to the bottom of the door, sealing off the area. This draft excluder can be installed in as short as 2 minutes. Color options include white, gray, brown, and black.
2. Rubber Draft Guard
This highly flexible draft excluder is designed with a triple layer for maximum efficiency. The flexible material won't damage the floor either. This stopper attaches with a strong adhesive to the bottom of the door. It can be placed on either the interior or exterior side of the door as well.
3. Rubber Door Draft Stopper
The 3 layer design of this rubber door draft stopper ensures the most protection for your house. The draft excluder is heat and cold resistant, so it won't warp during temperature extremes. To install, just remove the backing to reveal the adhesive, then stick it to the door. The strip can be cut down to match the door's width.
Draft excluders will make a world of difference in your home's winter readiness. Let us know in the comment section below which type of draft excluder you decide to add to your door! Before you go, make sure to check out these other home decor guides: