Home Improvement Grants – Draught Proofing


Draught-Proofing


Another way to save you money on your fuel bills is to consider draught proofing your home. Draught-free homes do feel more comfortable at lower temperatures which will lead to lower bills. This is a measure which is reasonably cheap to do and well within the scope of an average DIYer.

How much could you save by draught-proofing?

Draught-proofing around windows and doors could save you around £25 per year.


Costs
Very cheap and the material costs are likely to be less than £100 for the whole house. Professional  draught-proofing could cost between £100 to £300 for your whole house.

Draught Proofing – The Principle
To draught-proof your home you need to block up any unneeded  gaps that  can let  cold air in and warm air out. These gaps are usually found around windows and doors and you can easily check with a candle or feeling for draughts with your hands


Areas For Attention

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You should block most of these – but bear in mind areas that need good ventilation.

  • Around windows
  • around doors – including keyholes and letterboxes
  • around loft hatches
  • around electrical fittings on walls and ceilings
  • between floorboards
  • around pipework leading outside
  • at ceiling-to-wall joints

Ventilation – Please Note

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Circulation of air in the property  is imperative to  reduce condensation and damp This  will lead to mould growth if not taken into account. Be particularly aware of venting

10 Top Home Draught-Proofing Tips


Here’s a list of places where you need to attend to when draught proofing your house.


 1.  Doors

  Fit  a brush type or a material draught excluder at the bottom of the door
   2.   Skirting boards


Use silicone sealant or caulking to fill any gaps along the top and bottom. 

    3. Windows

  Nail  draught-proofing strips  around opening casements. Seal any cracks between the window frames and the surrounding walls with putty or silicone.
4    4. Wooden Floors


A flexible silicone-based filler that allows for some movement is best for filling gaps in wooden floorboards. You can also insulate the void beneath your floor with Kingspan or Rockwool5       

  Door Frames
Nail draught-proofing strips between the door itself and the frame. Applies to internal and external doors. 


6.      Loft hatches
Nail draught strips around the frame to keep out draughts. Insulate the door itself with a polystyrene slab or staple some rockwool onto the upper side. 


7.      Letter box  Fit a brush type excluder on the back or fit an Ecoflap. For Keyholes , fit a purpose-made cover that drops a metal disc over the keyhole. 


8.      Unused vents  These can be filled with expanding polyurethane foam or similar material.

9.        Chimneys
 Use a removable chimney balloon as a temporary measure. For a permanent measure you can have it capped by a professional.  


1    Brickwork
Repoint any bricks that need it.

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