During the colder months of the year, one of the most obvious things you will notice in your home is how rapidly the temperature can drop.
But one thing that many people aren’t aware of is the fact that draught can be entering their home from all sorts of points like doors, windows and walls; in extreme cases it can be like the equivalent of leaving your front door or a window open on a cold and windy day!
I remember once living in an old Victorian house that had sash windows and a wooden front door. It was so cold and windy in that house that it was like someone had turned on a massive fan!
If this reminds you of how cold your home is, then you need not despair about shivering inside it for the next few months as this handy guide to draught-proofing will tell you all you need to know about keep the warmth indoors and the cold outside!
Before you begin draught-proofing your home…
It is important to note that you should not completely seal your home from the elements, as like you it needs to breathe otherwise you could have major damp, condensation and mould issues to deal with!
Another point to bear in mind is that if you live in a rented home, you should firstly contact your landlord or estate agent to advise them about your draught problems.
If they are unable or unwilling to do anything about it, consider making any solutions removable; for example, glue guns with hot glue sticks are a better way of making things adhere to walls, windows and doors instead of screws or nails.
The last thing you want to do is give your landlord an excuse to deduct money from your deposit because you screwed or nailed some things in your home (which ironically would make the property more comfortable for tenants to live in)!
If you have sash windows in your home, you will doubtless be aware of how much noise and cold air they can let in from outside. The obvious answer would be to replace them with double-glazed or triple-glazed windows, but this option is out of reach for people who live in listed buildings or simply cannot afford the upgrade.
In such situations, you could get secondary glazing installed. This process involves installing glazed sliding windows behind your sash windows which can effectively stop cold air from getting inside, yet helps to retain the period features of your property from the exterior.
Alternatively, you could seal any gaps between the windows and the surrounding brickwork using a specialist sealing product.
Draught can commonly be felt coming from the bottom of a door, so you should install some draught excluders at the bottom of each door using thin nails or adhesive to affix them to the doors. If you don’t want to incur the wrath of your landlord, there are fabric draught excluders which you can place on any door and don’t need to be fixed to the door.
If you haven’t already, fit a draught excluder to the inside of your front door’s letterbox to stop any cold from entering. You may also wish to fit a thick curtain behind your front door as an extra measure.