Keeping your home warm during the colder months can be a constant struggle; the smallest source of a draft can undermine even the best central heating systems, and make your energy bills spiral. The cause of a draft can take a while to suss out, but when you find the root of the cold air flow you’ll soon be able to get it under control, so you can heat your home more efficiently. Look out for these 4 common sources of drafts, and follow our advice on how to address them.
Windows and Doors
Changing weather can, over time, warp your windows and doors to leave gaps between the frames. Replacing these with newer designs can combat the problem, but you may also want to consider investing in thermal curtains that will lock in heat better than blinds or thin drapes. For your front door, a portico or porch can protect your property from the wind and cold, whilst also improving the kerb appeal of your home.
Cracks in the Walls
Even the smallest of cracks in your stonework can let chilly drafts into your home, so inspect your property for faults in the walls where cold air might be coming through. Although most small cracks can easily be fixed with a little repointing, if you spot more serious problems be sure to consult a specialist stone mason for a survey and restoration work. That way you can tackle drafts for good, and prevent more serious structural problems from developing.
Chimneys and Fireplaces
Traditional fireplaces and chimneys can add real value to your property, especially if they are in working order. However then can also be a major source of drafts, so may sure yours has a draft excluder or a cap if you don’t tend to use your fireplace. Old pipes and extractors can let in a mighty draft too, so if you live in a period property make sure these are blocked out or covered over properly.
Poorly insulated loft space can leave a real chill on the rest of your home, and reduce its energy efficiency by letting hot air escape when it rises. According to Which, insulation could save you £180 a year on heating bills, so it’s definitely worth investing in some blankets or foam insulation if you don’t already have this in your loft. You could even be eligible for grants and free cavity wall insulation.
Reduce your energy bills and make your home more efficient by targeting problem areas where cold air can find its way into your property. From minor home improvements to more structural changes to your house, the results can save you money in the long run, to ensure you stay cosy and warm all year round.
If this helps you with your draft issue, let us know and tell us all about it. We love to hear how our information can help.
This article is written by Kelly Gilmour Grassam, a freelance copywriter from Yorkshire. You can follow her on Twitter at @KellygGrassam. This article has been written with helpful information from Henley Stone.