Draughts occur when cold air leaks into your living space via the small gaps in your home. Air leaks can make your home colder in the winter and increase your monthly energy bills. As a result, it’s important to draught-proof your home as effectively as possible.
With just a little DIY know-how and a short visit to your local hardware store, you can easily fix this problem in a single weekend. Draughts can be mitigated with caulk, rubber mats or even just a rolled-up towel.
The real challenge, however, is finding out where the cold air is coming from. To help you identify the problem spots in your home, we’re going to list the most common places where draughts occur. We’ll also discuss what you can do to effectively seal each of these problem spots.
The large gap under your front door tends to let in a lot of cold air into your home during the winter. If you’re unlucky, that gap may even become an entry point for insects and allergens.
A quick and easy solution is to roll up a towel and block the gap. You can also use a door snake to ensure that no insects enter your home via your front door. While these two solutions are quite easy to implement, they’re not the most aesthetically pleasing option.
If you want something that doesn’t ruin your home decor, you can purchase aluminium or rubber seals. These products will have a sleek grey or black colour that’ll allow you to maintain the aesthetic of your modern interior. Additionally, high-quality door seals tend to last longer than door snakes and towels.
Your windows alone can contribute to up to 40% of heat loss during the winter months. If you have gaps in your window panes and frames, your home could lose even more heat throughout the year. In addition to your home feeling chillier, you’ll likely see the effects of this heat loss in your energy bills.
If you want to save money on heating costs, it’s important to make sure that there are no draughts coming from your windows. First, you need to check your window frames for any gaps. You can seal these gaps with caulk, rubber strips or a waterproof filler. Since windows are prone to condensation, it’s important that the seal that you use is moisture resistant. If you don’t use waterproof products, the seal could break down in a short period of time.
In terms of the windowpane, make sure there aren’t cracks in the corners and sides of the glass. If your window is damaged, it’s possible to repair it temporarily with a clear filler. However, we recommend that you hire a professional to get it replaced as soon as possible. Professional assistance will ensure that the repairs are done properly and that any gaps or cracks in your windows are identified.
In addition to fixing air leaks, you can also add other features to your windows to make your home more energy efficient. For this purpose, we recommend getting double-glazed windows, heavy curtains and pelmets.
If you have an older home, you probably have unused gas vents around the house. These old metal vents will likely have gaps around them due to poor installation or years of wear and tear. Even if the vents are still being used, these gaps can still bring a significant amount of cold air into your home.
Like with your front door, you can temporarily fix this problem by blocking the vent with items around the house. If the vent is not being used for heating, you can use bubble wrap or a piece of cardboard to block the vent.
If you want a permanent fix, we recommend using caulk to fill in the gaps. Alternatively, you can also get rid of the vent entirely by replastering the area. It’s best that you get professional assistance if you choose to do this.
Unfortunately, draughts can occur in a variety of other places beside the three that’s listed above. Though not as common, draughts can also come from gaps around your cabinets, pipes, fireplaces and even older floorboards.
To find out where the cold air is coming from, try to listen to the sounds that the draught makes. Sometimes you’ll hear whistling, rattling or shaking.
Once you find out where the cold air is coming from, you can use the same sealing methods that we outlined above. You can also use silicone sealants for minor gaps and expanding spray foam for large gaps. If you have an older home and there’s air coming from your timber floorboards, you can use a rug to cover it up.
If a fix involves complex electrical components or other dangerous materials or substances, we recommend that you hire a professional contractor to help you.
Hopefully, this brief guide can help you minimise draughts around your home. Now that more and more people are working remotely, it’s important to make your home as comfortable as possible. To save money and to reduce your power consumption, it’s also essential that you make your home as energy efficient as possible.
Use the tips we’ve listed above, and you should be able to keep your home warm and peaceful during those freezing winter months.