One of the simplest and most effective actions you can take to keep your home or business warmer in winter and cooler in summer is to block all the draughts and keep the outside air out!
Here are some examples of where draughts might be coming in:
- Around windows and doors – anywhere that you can see light coming through from outside! There are many products on the market to help with sealing up these types of gaps or you can have a professional installer come and install some heavier duty ones, which will last longer and ensure that your doors and windows remain easy to close
- Evaporative cooling ducts – you can purchase specifically designed covers or simply clean the vent and then cover it (clear plastic contact works well) then you can remove the cover when you want to use the air conditioning again
- Gaps around plumbing can also be a problem and if you’re up for it you can simply fill these with caulking from a caulking gun
- Through exhaust fans – there are some exhaust fans that have closing blades, so that there is not a gap in your ceiling when the fan is switched off. You can also buy a product called a Draft Stoppa, which simply sits on top of the fan in your ceiling space.
For more on how draught proofing works you can view this video.
Here are some simple products you can purchase yourself:
- Door seals. These are stuck or screwed onto the bottom of your door – providing a more permanent solution to air leaks. These can be used in internal doors as well, if you’re heating one room at a time. Most door seals are easy to install and will be available in all shapes and sizes, from your local hardware store. Door seals attached to doors are preferable to door snakes, as they remain on the door at all times and do not create a trip hazard if left stranded in front of a door!
- Weather seals. Once again, these are available at your local hardware store and are easy to install. You just clean the surface, peel away the backing and stick them to your door or window frames to fill in the cracks or gaps.
- Draught Stoppa. The extractor fan in your bathroom (and in some kitchens) is effectively a hole in your building envelope and your ceiling insulation. This simple device sits on top of the extractor fan, like a hat and opens only when the fan is on.
- Chimney draught sealing. Stop your money flying up and out the chimney, with a chimney balloon. These plastic balloons are cheap, easy to install and available in different sizes.
For more on how you can seal the different parts of your home, check out these videos.