Draught Proofing Advice

Draught proofing is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to save energy and money.

Controlled ventilation helps reduce condensation and damp, by letting fresh air in when needed. However, draughts are uncontrolled: they let in too much cold air and waste too much heat.

To draught proof your home you should block up unwanted gaps that let cold air in and warm air out. Saving warm air means you’ll use less energy to heat your home, so you’ll save money as well as making your home snug and pleasant.

How much could you save by draught proofing?

Draught proofing around windows and doors could save you £25 to £35 per year. Draught-free homes are comfortable at lower temperatures – so you may be able to turn down your thermostat saving even more on your energy bills.

Where to look for draughts

Draughts happen where there are unwanted gaps in the construction of your home, and where openings are left uncovered.

You’ll find draughts at any accidental gap in your home that leads outside, such as:

  • around windows
  • doors – including keyholes and letterboxes
  • around loft hatches
  • electrical fittings on walls and ceilings
  • between floorboards
  • around pipework leading outside
  • at ceiling-to-wall joints

You should block most of these but be careful in areas that need good ventilation, such as:

  • areas where there are open fires or open flues
  • rooms where a lot of moisture is produced, such as the kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms

It is possible to carry out many draught proofing measures yourself or you can use a tradesperson who is competent and experienced in draught proofing.

Home Energy Scotland have a DIY information video using the following link http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-insulation/draught-proofing

If you require any further help or advice please contact us and we will do all we can to assist.

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