Top tips for keeping out the winter draughts
Keeping your home warm in the winter months can sometimes feel like a bit of mission and with the cost of heating bills rising all the time making the most of keeping the heat in and the draughts out feels even more important.
Though initially costly investing in good quality double glazed windows and doors is one of the best ways to improve the thermal efficiency of your home which in the long run could help you save money. Not only does double glazing help to keep your home warmer by trapping the heat inside the latest designs also have up to date window seals and frames that will help to reduce draughts creeping in. All our windows and doors here at Coral Windows and Conservatories are made of the highest quality materials and are manufactured to A-rated standards, and all of our products are fitted with care and attention by our expert team of fitters.
There are many different ways you can reduce the draughts that enter your home and below you will find a few ideas to consider when it comes to preparing your home for the winter weather.
Draught excluders are an inexpensive way to reduce draughts, especially on doors. The classic long thin cushion filled with wadding and placed at the foot of a door will help to reduce the flow of air passing through. These are great if they are in front of a door that isn’t used often but could be a little annoying on a door used daily. Instead, on these doors, you could use a draught excluder tape or brush. Look up online before selecting to ensure you choose the right option for you and don’t forget to consider the height and depth of the door so usage is not affected.
Check window seals as worn out seals can easily cause a room to lose heat rapidly. Seals are easy to replace and there are lots of tips and videos online to help you get it right.
Add a brush to your letterbox will instantly help to reduce heat loss as the air has much less space to pass through.
Fill floorboard gaps to ensure draughts are instantly reduced. Many old properties have floorboards which add unique details and character to a property but during the cooler months, these can become a bit of nuisance when it comes to keeping your home warmer. There are many different types of product that you can use to fill the gaps in old floorboards and finding the right one for yours will definitely be worth it as this will help to reduce heat loss over the large surface area.
Add a rug or carpet to a room and you will improve the warmth trapped in the space. Once you have filled any floorboard gaps adding in a large rug will also help to increase the warmth of the room. It will trap heat and block any gaps remaining in the floorboard seals. If your floorboards are very draughty considering a carpet is the best way to really improve the heat loss in the room. For a real investment, a carpet made of wool will not only add warmth and block draughts it will also be hardwearing and long-lasting.
Hang thermal curtains in front of doors and windows to reduce heat loss through these areas, this is especially important if you have large windows such as patio doors as blocking the draughts will increase the warmth in the living space.
Keep radiators clear to allow heat to fill the room fully. Blocking a radiator with a piece of furniture such as a sofa means the heat can’t escape into the room causing the room to not warm up efficiently.
Let the light in during the day to make the most from the natural sunlight that will warm up a room for free.
Whatever property you live in old or new, house or flat there are lots of little things that can be done to help make your home work more efficiently during the winter months. So spend a few moments considering how you can reduce the draughts in your home before the winter sets in.