How To Draught Proof Your Home

This article shows you easy ways on how to draught proof your home. At this time of year this is probably the last thing you’re thinking about. However, this is the perfect time to act. It’s still warm enough to have your windows and doors open, so it’s time to open them wide, inspect them and do any necessary work or repairs. We’ve already looked at one of the most important elements of draught proofing and insulating in this article about insulating your loft.  Now we will look at ways to properly draught-proof the other parts of your home, especially your doors and windows. 

How to draught proof your home

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Draught proof your home: insulate your windows

Double glazing can be an expensive output, but it earns its keep by driving your heating bills down. Your heat loss can be halved with proper double glazing on your windows. If you can’t afford to get all of them done straight away, it is well worth doing them one by one (as long as they’re all the same colour and style, of course). 😉 Double glazing also plays a very important part in your home security.
If double glazing is totally out of the question for you at the moment, you can fit secondary glazing yourself as a DIY job.

Secondary glazing is fitted inside your window frame. All you need is the size of the window, then go to your local DIY shop to purchase the kit. All kits are different, so each comes with specific fitting instructions. Be sure to fill all gaps with a flexible filler once installed.

Other ways to prevent heat-loss from your windows:

Use thermal blinds behind your curtains.
Use thick, lined curtains. I know thin, tab curtains are in fashion, but they’re no good for the winter months, as they allow heat to escape out the windows. How about using thin for the summer, and the thick, lined ones in the winter!

Draught proof your home: insulate your doors

Your front door can be an excessive way to lose heat from your home in the winter. Make sure that gaps are filled with flexible draught-proof strips or a draught excluder. You can purchase any of these quite easily at your local store and they require no DIY abilities to install.  You can also invest in a letter box draught excluder if you find that it’s letting in cold air.

Other ways to prevent heat-loss through your door:

Install a screen door.
Use a lined curtain at your doors and close them every evening. You’d be surprised what difference this makes.

Draught proof your home: insulate your water tanks etc

Make sure your water tanks are all fully insulated. You will save up to 60% of the heat that escapes through your tank with proper insulation. Again, this needs no DIY skill. Just purchase from the shop and wrap thoroughly. Don’t forget the pipes. Lag them to save yourself a lot of money.

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Other areas you can draught proof your home to save yourself some cash:

Skirting boards. Just fill gaps with flexible filler.
Floorboards: Fill all the gaps in your floor boards with wood filler. If you’re planning on laying laminate, don’t skim on the most important foundation, which is the insulation (before the job is done).

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How To Draught Proof Your Home will help you not only to keep warm, but will also save you a significant amount of money. Find other ways to protect your home in the winter. Enjoy your warm home! And while you’re here, check out the other very popular diy projects’ articles we’ve prepared for you. If this article has helped you, please share it below. Thank you.

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11 Responses to How To Draught Proof Your Home

  1. Anthony Spence September 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your ideas..It’s wonderful!!

  2. Judy
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    September 4, 2012 at 2:59 am #

    Great tips. I must speak to hubby about implementing some of them.
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  3. firdosh joy September 2, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    Hello Anne , this is a great article about “how to draught proof our home”.I tips in this article are really awesome.Thanks for such a great tips Anne

  4. Rich Ronson August 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Got to agree with Beth, I recently did the same thing. It has not yet paid for the cost of getting the insulated implemented, but it’s well on the way!

    Rich @ Lightcraft Commercial

    • Anne August 29, 2012 at 11:08 am #

      I’m sure you’ll see the difference by the end of the winter. This is when it actually kicks in. Good luck!

  5. Aakash August 23, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Hi, It is very interesting and informative article. I like it.
    Thanks.

  6. Beth Price August 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    It’s surprising how much money you can save just by draught proofing your house- I saw noticeable change in my heating bill after I draught proofed my house.

    • Anne August 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

      The same with us, Beth. This is why I think it’s such an important thing to do.

  7. Miquel Cisowski August 22, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Hi there, You’ve done an excellent job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I’m confident they will be benefited from this site.

  8. Steve Sanders August 22, 2012 at 3:55 am #

    I totally agree with the water heater suggestion. I have two of them in my house and I wrapped them both last year. I’ve seen a dramatic drop in our gas bill. If you’re looking for a quick, easy way to immediately save money – consider doing this.

    Any Home Depot/Lowes can give you more advice on DIY.

    -Steve
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    • Anne August 22, 2012 at 9:05 am #

      Thanks for the tip, Steve.

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