There are different measures we can take in order to make our homes more energy efficient. One of the first elements we can address is our home’s insulation. Installing the right floor and wall insulation can make a big difference, and so can making use of LED lighting. Another way of making our homes more energy efficient is by double glazing our windows. An energy-efficient home is not only more valuable (if you ever decide to sell it in the future) – it can also help you save on your energy bill.
But there is another method of making our properties more energy efficient without having to spend too much: draught proofing. With draught proofing, you can actually save as much as £50 on your energy bill every year.
Facts about draught proofing
Draughts have a purpose: they provide ventilation for your home. If your home is well-ventilated, you can reduce damp and moisture build-up. But there is a downside, as draughts can also allow too much cold air in. This is where draught proofing comes in. Draught proofing is when you block those unwanted gaps which allow cold air in and leak warm air out.
You will often find a draught in any area where there is a gap or opening, such as windows, doors, floorboards which are suspended, electric fittings located on your ceilings and walls, and pipework which lead to the exterior part of your home.
The good news is that draughts can be easily blocked, but you also have to be mindful of areas which do need ventilation, such as areas near an open fire or flue, and rooms which tend to create moisture, including your kitchen, utility room, and bathrooms.
What you should know before draught proofing
You can draught proof your home yourself, as the materials can be bought at any DIY shop (just make sure the materials are marked British Standard, which means a longer lifespan). But if your home is an older model with only single glazing, it might be a good idea to consult a professional first or have a professional do it for you.
Draught proofing windows
When it comes to draught proofing regular windows which can be opened, you can use draught proofing strips which can be stuck around the frames. These strips come in different kinds: foam self-adhesive and metal or plastic with attached wipers/brushes. The strip needs to be the proper size; if they are too small, the gap will not be adequately covered, and if they are too big, your window might not be closed properly. If you have a sliding sash window, a brush strip is better than a foam strip. If you have stationary windows, or those that cannot be opened, it is best to use a sealant made of silicon.
Draught proofing doors
You can draught proof the keyholes with a custom-built cover, and use a letterbox brush or flap for your letterbox. If your doors have gaps on their edges, you can use the same foam or brush strip you use for your windows to cover them.
With a few simple changes, you can adequately draught proof your home. The next time you apply for an EPC or energy performance certificate from an assessor such as epcuk.org/, you can have a higher rating than before – and your home’s value will increase as well.
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