In a typical house 20% of all heat loss is through ventilation and draughts. If you feel cold air coming in around the windows in your building it means that warm air is escaping.
Draught proofing simply fills gaps and decreases the amount of cold air entering your building. There are several types of materials available from brushes, foams and sealants to strips and shaped rubber or plastic. Fitting brushes to doors and letterboxes is simple to do.
Draught proofing is an easy, cost effective way to reduce heating bills. By installing draught proofing you could save around £30 a year on your heating bills and also reduce your emissions.
If everyone in Britain draught proofed their homes we would save over £200m.
Here are a number of things you should think about:
- Adequate ventilation is as important as draught proofing - and essential if you have solid fuel fires, gas fires or a boiler with an open flue.
- Ventilation is especially important in kitchens and bathrooms and you should consider fitting an extractor fan in these areas if condensation is a problem. You could also open a window when cooking, running hot water or drying clothes.
- Background ventilation can be provided by trickle vents in the window frame which will reduce the need to open windows.
- Have your chimneys swept regularly and check air bricks for blockages.
If you would like us to survey your building for draught proofing, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our surveys are free and there may be grants available to help with the cost of various services.
If you are interested in a survey on your building for under floor insulation please do not hesitate to contact us. Our surveys are free. Unfortunately there are no grants available at this present time for underfloor insulation.