During the colder months, many homes can suffer from draughts due to insufficient draught-proofing. If your home feels draughty during autumn and winter, it’s likely you’re turning on your heating to counteract this, which also means you’ll be pumping that lovely warm heat outside – damn those gaps letting out hot air as well as letting in cold air!
We’re here to help with some handy tips to help you draft-proof your home ready for winter and to help you reduce those heating bills.
Draught-proofing your doors
External doors are one of the most common areas in a home where draughts can get in and heat can escape out. Luckily, there are some easy fixes. Have a good look around for possible gaps at the bottom and the edges of your doors, and if you find those gaps, you’ll want to get your hands on some draught excluders which you can easily purchase from most DIY or handyman stores.
A brush or hinged flap draught excluder is what you’ll need for the bottom gapes and foam, brush or wiper strips can be fitted around the edges. You can also use the same strips around windows that are letting in draughts too. Don’t forget about keyholes and letterboxes, these can let in draughts too so whilst you’re at the DIY store, grab yourself a purpose-made cover and a letterbox flap or brush.
Internal doors can also let cool breezes through from one room to another, especially from a room that you might not usually heat such as a kitchen. For internal doors, why not make your own draught excluder with some spare material and stuffing it with unwanted plastic bags or even the stuffing from an old cushion, pillow or duvet. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make your own from The Guardian. Sally (the journalist’s) attempt is great!
Replacement might be your only option
Sometimes external doors are beyond draught-proofing and simply need to be replaced, especially older wooden external doors as these tend to warp with the changing weather.
This is not the case with our timber front doors, however, as they are manufactured from high-quality slow grown engineered timber sourced from sustainable forests – making them FSC certified too! This engineering process makes all of our timber products, including our timber front doors, extremely strong, long-lasting and they will not warp, bow or twist so you can feel reassured that if you decide to replace your external door with a Kloeber one, they’ll help expel those draughts, keep the warm air in your home and keep your energy bills down!
Or our RetroFront.
Which one would you pick?
Draught-proofing your windows
Windows are also a very common area where draughts come through into your home and as we mentioned above, the best way to draught-proof these is to purchase foam, brush or wiper strips from a DIY or handyman store and fit these around the window frame to fill in the gap between window and frame. However, as with doors, sometimes your windows can be beyond draught-proofing.
If your windows need replacing rather than draught-proofing, there are quite a few options to choose from so when you are on the lookout, make sure you take a close look at the energy efficiency and weather protection qualities so you know they will keep your home warm and your heating bills to a minimum.
All of our windows boost low U-values and high-performance weather seals to keep those draughty winds at bay and the warm inside. You can also choose from toughened double or triple glazing, engineered timber (which you know won’t warp, bow or twist), thermally broken aluminium (which has an insulated buried within the window frame, unlike other aluminium windows), or a mixture of both with our alu-clad windows (the best of both worlds!).
As with our front doors, we have a huge range of designs to suit all home styles including our timber flush casement…
Which are also available in alu-clad…
And…we also have aluminium windows of a similar ‘casement’ style – our Kustom windows…
And finally, our aluminium heritage windows…
And our aluminium Uber windows…
Which ones would you pick?
Your windows and doors might be the most common areas for draughts to sneak through but there are some other places in your home that are worth checking upon. Floorboards and skirting boards can expand and move with everyday use, and cracks can appear so it is worth filling those cracks in with a flexible filler to stop the cool air from getting through. Loft hatches can let cool air in too so grab a bit extra of that strip insulation we mentioned earlier and install it around your loft hatch. Cracks in the walls, small gaps around pipework and old extractor fans can all be filled to block draughts, and if you have a chimney that is not in use, you can either fit a cap over the chimney pot or buy a draught excluder to block to draughts coming in through there too.