There’s nothing worse than a draughty home – no matter how hard you try, you simply can’t get warm, even with the fire on full blast and the central heating ramped up to maximum. Luckily there are some simple tips you can follow to help you eliminate draughts, ensuring you stay warm indoors and that your heating bills don’t cost more than they have to.
The Energy Saving Trust explains that simply blocking off draughts is one of the cheapest ways to save energy – and therefore money.
Get an old-fashioned draught excluder
This might seem like a silly idea, but those old-school draught excluders everyone had in the 1970s and 1980s really do work! If you’re lucky enough to have a well-sealed door that doesn’t let in any draughts, you won’t need one, but if any draughts come in under your front or back door, a padded draught excluder could make all the difference. To check whether you’ll benefit from a draught excluder, simply put your hand at the bottom of your door when it’s cold outside. Feel a cold draught? Then see how much difference a simple draught excluder makes.
Seal any gaps
Most homes have gaps somewhere that let cold air in, creating unpleasant draughts. These gaps could be between floorboards, under skirting boards, or alongside windows. There are many ways to seal such gaps, but one of the quickest and easiest is a simple and affordable sealant, such as those available from ct1ltd.com. If you notice old sealant is disintegrating, rotting or simply not doing its job effectively anymore, you can use silicone sealant remover to get rid of the old sealant. All you’ll need to do once it’s removed is prep the surface before replacing the sealant.
Cover your letterbox
This simple tip makes all the difference to a draughty hall. Simple brush plates can be purchased cheaply from any DIY or hardware store and simply screwed onto the inside of your front door to cover the letterbox. If you don’t have any form of cover on the back of your letterbox, you’ll be amazed by how much of a difference this can make.
Close the curtains
If you notice a slight draught around your windows in the winter, hang some heavy curtains to keep the cold out and the warm in.