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
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.
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).
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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