During the cold winter nights we all want to be warm and cosy in our homes. Turning up the thermostat is an easy solution, but an expensive one. Even with warm air circulating throughout your home, reducing draughts to keep the warm air in and the cold air out is a real battle.
Draughts can enter your house in a variety of places and are often difficult to manage. Yet, there are steps that you can take to limit the discomfort you feel as a result of cold, wintry draughts.
Fitting energy efficient windows is a very effective way of keeping the current of cold air out whilst maintaining warmth in your house. Their draught proofing properties prevent unwanted airflow and can save you money on your energy bills. What’s more, you will be doing your bit to improve your carbon footprint by not having to turn up your thermostat and waste precious fuel as a result.
Look at the difference draught proofing your windows can make in this experiment done by Everest Home Improvements.
Retaining original features
Windows often give character to a house and can provide indications of when it was first built. You may want to retain the original features of your windows for these reasons, but still have energy efficiency high on your agenda. Modern draught proofing is not very invasive, meaning that the original structure of the window can be maintained.
Often the oldest buildings with the most character are the least energy efficient. As a house ages, cracks and holes develop in their structure which allows precious heat to escape. In this type of house, secondary glazing may be the most suitable option for draught proofing your windows, as the original window is kept intact and minimum changes are made to the structure of the property.
Assess your property
It is advisable before fitting draught proofing that you do an assessment of your home to determine exactly where the draughts are coming from. It is important to maintain ventilation in buildings to prevent the build-up of moisture and the possibility of damp occurring.
There are many types of draught proofing equipment available. Compression seals are a fairly common form of draught proofing that work in narrow gaps. Nearly all modern windows and doors come with compression seals as standard.
A different type of seal is used on windows and doors that glide, such as sash windows and patio doors. The most widely used seal of this type resembles brush pile, and is capable of plugging a range of gap widths.
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