Draught proofing windows and doors is another way of saving money on
your energy bills. Draughts are caused by cold air forcing its way
through gaps around windows or doors. By blocking the gap you will
stop the draught, but be careful not to block out the draught designed
to pass under the house via the air vents at ground level. These vents
will allow fresh air to circulate the property and help prevent dry rot,
which may develop if the timber is damp.
To help find the source of a
draught, light a candle and use it to find the source. By moving the
candle around the edge of a frame, the flame will flicker where the
draught is coming in. Use draught proofing strip around the frame of
Types of draught excluder available:
- Self-adhesive foam strip
- Self-adhesive rubber strip, tougher - will last longer than foam strips
- Brush strips - particularly useful on surfaces moving against each other, such as patio doors and sash windows.
- Silicone rubber sealant - useful when filling gaps of an uneven, irregular gaps.
- Sprung strip - more durable than foam or rubber strips, and suitable for uneven gaps.
- Flexible tube
It is often difficult to calculate the size of the gap when draught proofing.
To help you measure small gaps a useful gauge can be the thickness of the edge
of a coin. A quick reference is:
2p or 50p coin = 2mm
£1 coin = 3mm
Use a letterbox cover and a keyhole cover on an external door.
Curtains are a useful way of stopping draughts from both windows and doors.
Remember that adequate ventilation is necessary. All rooms with gas or solid
fuel appliances must be properly ventilated. All fires and boilers need air
to burn safely and efficiently. By placing vents near to the system the air
supply is easily accessible and hence will prevent draughts.