With the current cold snap we’ve been having and some wintry days still to come before we can look forward to warmer temperatures, it’s important to make sure your home is as warm as possible.
One of the leading causes of a cold home is draughts and while this can leave you feeling chilly, it can also hit you in the pocket in terms of energy costs.
Quite often there are simple things you can do around the house, however, to draught-proof your property.
Draughts happen when there are unwanted gaps in the construction of your home and where openings are left uncovered.
You will find draughts at any accidental gap in the property that leads outside. Here are some steps you can take to address them…
- Identify draught sources:
- Check windows and doors for gaps, cracks, or worn weatherstripping.
- Inspect areas around electrical outlets, light switches, and vents.
- Look for gaps in the walls, floors, and ceilings.
- Seal windows and doors:
- Use weatherstripping to seal gaps around windows and doors.
- Apply caulk to seal any visible cracks or gaps.
- Consider using draught stoppers or door sweeps at the base of doors.
- Use window insulation:
- Install heavy curtains or thermal blinds.
- Consider using window film or insulating panels.
- Insulate electrical outlets and switches:
- Install foam gaskets behind electrical outlets and switches on exterior walls.
- Check and insulate attic and basement:
- Ensure proper insulation in the attic and basement to prevent draughts.
- Seal any gaps or cracks in the walls or foundation.
- Install draught stoppers:
- Place draught stoppers at the bottom of doors to prevent air from seeping through.
- Use draught seals for windows:
- Apply draft seals around the edges of windows to prevent air leaks.
- Consider draught-blocking products:
- Explore draught-blocking products such as draft snakes for windows and doors.
- Check and Seal Air Ducts:
- Inspect air ducts for leaks and seal them using mastic tape or other appropriate materials.
- Perform a Home Energy Audit:
- Consider hiring a professional or conducting a DIY home energy audit to identify and address draft issues systematically.
- Use insulating materials:
- Consider adding insulation to your home's walls, ceilings, and floors.
- Upgrade doors and windows:
- If draughts persist, consider upgrading to energy-efficient doors and windows.
By addressing draughts in your home, you can improve comfort and energy efficiency. Keep in mind that a combination of these solutions may be necessary to effectively eliminate draughts.