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Haunted? Or Drafty? Consumer Reports Investigates.

28 October 2010

Just in time for Halloween, Consumer Reports has a delightful guide to common paranormal symptoms of haunting – and some mundane explainations.

Cold spots: While drafts could be the result of a restless apparition, they’re more likely caused by air leaks or inadequate insulation. Professional energy auditors often use infrared instruments to identify such cold spots, but Consumer Reports has found that a simple incense stick can do the trick. If smoke from the stick blows sideways when you hold it up to windows, doors and walls, air is seeping in and out from those locations. A combination of caulk, weather stripping and insulation should eliminate the cold spot. That will keep you comfortable this winter and could lower your heating bills by hundreds of dollars.

:: Consumer Reports

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