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Insulating your House

An average uninsulated house loses around 35% of its heat through the walls, 25% through the roof, 25% through doors and windows and then 15% through the door. Draught proofing your windows and doors is cheap, quick and simple whereas insulating your walls will be more expensive. You can also add an acoustic insulation to soundproof your home if your bothered from noise outside of your home.

Fitting Draught Excluders to your Windows

By fitting draught excluders to the gaps around your doors and windows will help keep warm air in and cold air out, which helps make you home warmer as well as cutting your fuel bills. Self-adhesive foam strips of draught excluder is also cheap, easy to fix and ideal to use on casement windows and interior doors. When fitting self-adhesive foam strips make sure you don’t stretch them as it will make them less effective. Here’s how to fit draught excluders to your window.

Step 1 – To clean off all dirt and any loose paint off your window frame use a damp cloth.

Step 2 – When everything is dry, peel the backing paper from the self-adhesive foam draught excluder, a little bit at a time. Press it onto the outside of the window frame or where the opening casement window will press against it when it is closed. When you have reached the end, cut them at a 45-degree angle to form a neat joint at each corner. Once done close the window to press the strip firmly into place.

How to Draught-Proof External Doors

You can get different colours draught excluded to fit your door or on the floor, as well as strips and seals for the door frame. If you want some extra insulation then you can fit a letterbox cover, or a keyhole cover that drops a metal disc over the hole.

To draught-proof your eternal door – you will need to fit a brush strip across the bottom of the door on the inside using the screws that are provided.

To fit a letterbox cover – you will need to screw the letterbox cover over the inside of the opening of your letterbox.

How to Draught-Proof Internal Doors

If you have an unheated room, then you can fit a brush strip to the bottom of the door and then a self-adhesive foam seal strip all the way around the door frame. Draught excluders come in all different sizes for any sized gaps. If you’re not sure on the size of the gap then squash a small piece of reusable tack into the door frame, shut the door, open it again, remove the tack and then measure it.

Step 1 – you will need to use a damp cloth to wipe away any dirt of loose paint on the door frame, once its dry put the self-adhesive foam draught excluder all the way around the edge the same way you would for a window. When it is the right length cut it with scissors.

Step 2 – Attach the strip to the frame, not the door stop. If you attach it to the door stop it will rub off when the door closes.

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