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Old 12-21-2011, 07:36 AM   #1
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Forgive me if this is not the right forum category. Now that winter is here, I am acutely aware that my kitchen cupboards are drafty. I know, this sounds strange -- but when I open them, it is not just that they are quite a bit cooler than the ambient temp of the rest of the room, but I can feel the air moving when I stand near the closed cabinets. Why? Is this caused by the through holes for the pipes? Minimal insulation behind them? It doesn't seem energy savvy to have a howling draft behind my 1" thick cupboard doors. What is the solution?

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My cabinets are the same way. I just assumed it was because they are installed on an exterior wall.

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Old 12-21-2011, 09:10 AM   #3
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I assume you are talking about the lower cabinets?

Any cabinets on an outside wall will be cooler inside the cabinets if the walls aren't properly insulated. My guess the entire house is like this but the cabinets trap the cooler air and make it more noticeable.

The bigger issue is usually any holes in the walls that are there for the plumbing improvements if the plumbing penetrates the walls. May be a freeze risk there if that is the case. Take a look and see where the air could be coming from. The drafting may simply be convection.
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Thanks for your input! I am going to investigate and see what I can find... That would be a total drag if the entire house suffers from poor insulation.
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