“Insulating your home is a great way of cutting down your heating bills and of reducing your carbon footprint”, says steel replacement specalists, You Choose Windows. Some jobs, such as cavity wall insulation, are best left to the professionals, but there are plenty of other things that you can do for yourself. All you have to do is identify the areas where cold air is coming in and warm air escaping, and then seal them up.
You may notice a draught coming in around your front door, and possibly the back door too. Even the letterbox can let you down in cold weather. Furthermore, the gap that you invariably find at the bottom of your internal doors means that unless each room in your house is heated to the same degree, heat is going to migrate from the warmer areas to the colder ones.
Self-adhesive strips of compression or brush seal are the usual way to make external doors draughtproof. You can buy them from any good DIY shop. There is even a clever gadget that will insulate your letterbox. For internal doors, if you don’t want to leave an old blanket on the floor you can either buy or make the traditional sausage dog or snake.
Windows are another way for draughts to sneak into your house, forcing their way in through the gap between window and frame. Sash windows can be particularly vulnerable when it comes to letting in cold air.
Again, you can attach the same type of foam or brush strips to your opening windows as you can to your doors. Brush seal is better for sash windows, although there are other sealing products that are specifically designed for them. Also inexpensive and effective are the glazing films that attach to your window frames with double sided tape. More expensive, but also more sophisticated, are the glazing panels fitted with magnetic tape. Both types of glazing are ideal for fixed windows.
Bare wooden floors are a popular feature of houses these days, but those which are over unheated spaces such as cellars or garages can let precious warmth escape, as can the suspended floors that you often find in older buildings. You can either get a professional in to fit insulation sheets between the floor joists, or you can insulate your floors yourself by other means.
Rugs and carpets are the obvious way of covering up gaps between floorboards, but you can also buy rolls of flexible moulding to insert into them. This moulding can also be used to fill the spaces between floor and skirting boards.
There are a range of clever products on the market, all designed to help you reduce the amount of heat emitted from your house. These include the unforgettable, inflatable chimney balloon! You can even source the materials you need to carry out your own loft insulation project. In this day and age, there really is no excuse for not making your house as snug and as draught free as it can possibly be.