Draught proofing is a great way to save money and make your home warmer and more comfortable. But the homeowners of older properties can be put off because they think they will have to alter the unique characteristics of the building.
Draught proofing is a cheap and easy way to reduce cold air from entering your house, and keep warm air in. This can be achieved for example by using brush strips on doors, chimney balloons, a rubber or polymer seal around windows and other alternatives. Houses may have gaps and areas where heat can escape and allow cold air to enter, but in this blog, we’ll discuss ways in which you can make minor changes to help reduce the draughts.
Preserving the unique features
Draught proofing is well-suited in this area as it allows you to install minuet changes without having to replace any unique features. Furthermore, most draught proof features are designed to be relatively discreet, ensuring they have as little impact as possible on the aesthetic or character of the property.
It’s not entirely simple though – you may have to consider a number of things in an old and sensitive property.
Keep the building breathing
Ventilation is required in all properties to ensure that there’s a constant airflow to release moisture and reduce damp and condensation. The number of gaps in an old structure could be seen as a positive, as it means you should be able to do draught proofing whilst maintaining adequate ventilation. You may want to try and draught proof absolutely everything possible, however, you can be to thorough.
Basically, you shouldn’t seal the entire building, you need to ensure that there’s still ventilation throughout the household, especially in the kitchen and bathroom where most moisture is produced. Furthermore, any rooms with fires or flues need to be adequately ventilated. This can be done by ensuring that no window vents, airbricks or extractor fans are blocked.
Choosing the right product makes a great difference
Make sure that you use the correct type of draught proofing in each area of your household. Areas such as window frames and wooden floors expand and contract with everyday use, so ensure you get a material that can tolerate the movement.
The areas which you should focus on
There’s a huge range of areas that can be considered for draught proofing, but here are the key areas which you should be focusing on.
- Doors – Draught proof the edge, letterbox or key-hole.
- Windows – Draught proof around the edge, or install a second glazing.
- Suspended floorboards – Seal the gaps around the floorboards and skirting boards.
- Chimneys – Any chimneys that aren’t in regular use should be draught proofed.
- Electrical fittings