Blocking up draughts around the house is a cheap and easy task, with no need to call in professional help most of the time.
It will ensure a house is kept warm, and increase the temperature of a normally cold home.
The best temperature to keep your home at was recently revealed as between 18-19C.
If your home falls below this, it may be because of draughts, so follow these tips from EECA Energywise to block them up and warm up your house.
Doors, windows and fireplaces
- Check hinges and catches or latches and if they’re loose, tighten them up. If they don’t fit in their frames snugly, get them repaired by a qualified builder
- Add weather stripping to seal gaps around most doors or windows. Check your hardware store for the right types to use
- Seal door or window trims with clear or paintable sealant
- Fit draught excluders for gaps under doors. Use brush strip types for internal doors, and spring loaded automatic seals for external doors
- Replace damaged rubber seals – around aluminium joinery
- Block chimneys of unused fireplaces. A rubbish bag filled with shredded newspapers works well. Make sure the bag is very obvious so no one tries to light a fire in a blocked chimney