Draught proofing is a quick and easy way to save money. Most conventional methods of heating revolve around convection heat, which relies on the space/air within a property to be heated. There are many benefits of this methods of heating, however it is incredibly vulnerable to draughts. As soon as the warm air is allowed to leave the home, or cold air can make its way in, then the cost of convection heating can increase dramatically. Just a few simple steps can help save you money over the course of the year as well increasing comfort.
Why you should draught proof the front door
The front door is one of the most common areas for draughts to occur and one of the most important to solve. Many people’s thermostats are located in the hall way, so cold draughts coming through the front door reduce the temperature and cause the boiler to start up unnecessarily – adding £££’s to your energy bill. Always make sure you draught proof the front door.
Where are the draughty areas?
The first thing to do is to pinpoint the draughty areas. Extinguish a light candle and move it around the inside of the front door. The movement of the smoke should tell you where the draughty areas are. Hint…always check keyholes, letterboxes and around the frame.
How to draught proof around the door frame
Draughts occur around the door frame for a variety of reasons. Either the door wasn’t fitted correctly, the house has moved slightly or the door has become warped due to water ingress. These can cause gaps to appear around the door, which let in cold air. In order to fill these gaps, there are many products that are available.
We recommend draught proofing strips, extremely good value and very easy to install. The idea is that you attach them to your frame and when the door closes it compresses the strip, which blocks all draughts and maintains hall temperature. They are lengths of flexible rubber, which have a strip of strong adhesive running down the back to maintain performance over time.
Should you draught proof keyholes?
One area that often goes untouched, but can play a surprisingly large role, are key holes. On a cold day, you can test this by slightly moistening your finger and putting it a couple of centimetres from the lock. You should be able to feel a significant breeze. Simply buy an escutcheon plate (essentially a metal disc that is attached at the top of the key hole). This will swing open allowing you to insert the key and swing shut again to stop draughts.
How do I draught proof a letterbox?
Most letterboxes, that come as standard, let a surprising amount of cold air into the property.
A simple, and extremely effective way of combating this is to install specialised draught proofing letterboxes. We recommend either the MagFlap or the EcoFlap, which come in a choice of colours.