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Misc - Draught-proofing your home
With energy efficiency being in the news, Bubsy Dog brings you his top five energy saving tips to stop cold draughts in your home
- You can buy weatherstrips; draught blocking strips for your door and outwards opening window frames. These are simple foam or rubber strips that glue onto the frame to provide a tighter seal.
- For the bottom of doors, you can buy a permanent draught excluder strip - usually a brush that screws onto the bottom of the door
- Decorators caulk can be used to seal any gaps in window surrounds and skirting boards, these sometimes form as your house expands and contracts. For larger gaps you can use an expanding foam.
- Replace any attic hatches with insulated ones - your roofspace is often deliberately draughty, but this doesn't need to cause problems in your home.
- Check your home for large gaps into wall or roof spaces, specifically round your plumbing - sometimes there is an overly large hole behind toilets or at the back of cupboards which can benefit from being sealed up or insulated.
It's also worth making sure you don't over seal your house. A little bit of air movement will actually help stop damp and condensation forming. If a room is prone to damp such as a bathroom, consider fitting a one-way extractor fan to allow damp air to be removed but stop draughts from getting in.
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