Draught Proofing your home

If cold air is finding its way into your home, then warm air is finding its way out! So, in addition to being well insulated, you need to check that you have adequate draught proofing. Simple to apply and relatively cheap to buy, there are numerous products available to stop those draughts and curb the heat loss.

Windows and doors are the most common source of draughts, along with letter-boxes, cat flaps. Both are easily dealt with by brush strips or rubber seals to your outer doors, and fitting self-adhesive foam rubber strips around all opening windows. Wooden floors and skirting boards, too, can be a source of draughts, and easily fixed by filling gaps with any flexible material or sealant.

In a typical home 20 per cent of all heat loss is through ventilation and draughts, so it really is a good time to take advantage of the effectiveness of some of the modern draught proofing techniques and products available in most DIY stores. Having mentioned ventilation, it’s important to say that air bricks and air vents should not be sealed – especially if you have any gas appliance fitted, as these allow fresh air to circulate.

Likewise, kitchens and bathrooms are prone to condensation, so to ensure adequate air circulation and prevent mould and other problems, windows, doors and vents should not be sealed.

If you can feel cold air within the proximity of your window frames then it is likely that you have warm air escaping at around this point – this can be dealt with by fitting a suitable draught-proofing measure such as a self adhesive foam rubber in the case of outward opening windows.

Double glazed window units are one of the best ways to make your home more energy efficient. We all know how effective they are but, unfortunately, this comes at quite a high price. Two less expensive options available are secondary glazing film, which is applied with self adhesive tape, and secondary glazing glass or Perspex panels fitted to the inside of the window frames. Although not as effective as proper double glazing, both of these methods are much cheaper and will still reduce your fuel bills.

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