Draughts are a major cause of discomfort in the home, allowing cold air into rooms and heat to leak out, so wasting energy.
It’s reckoned that as few as a quarter of the UK’s homes are properly draught proofed and the average home could be losing around 20 percent of its heat to draughts – https://www.nia-uk.org/consumer/understanding-insulation/draught-proofing/. So what can draught proofing do for you?
1 Prevent heat loss
Draughts are a major source of heat loss, and therefore, stopping them will help you to keep your home feeling warm and snug. Pay attention to things like letterboxes and pet flaps which can be a source of draughts.
2 Energy saving
Your windows and doors account for a significant proportion of heat loss, so getting a Gloucester double glazing company to fit modern, efficient glazing to your home can save you a good deal of money.
3 Lower the thermostat
A side effect of fitting new windows and doors is that you can turn down your thermostat by a few degrees and thus cut your energy consumption while still keeping your home warm.
4 Cutting heat loss
Double glazing is a good way to cut draughts that lead to heat loss and Firmfix are a trusted Gloucester double glazing company that can do this for you. Other measures you can take include ensuring that your loft is properly insulated.
5 Maintenance savings
Modern uPVC windows are low maintenance, you won’t need to paint them every few years and they won’t warp or stick, just needing an occasional wipe down. So you can make significant savings on maintenance over their lifetime.
6 Conservation zones
Older buildings tend to be more prone to draughts, but in a conservation area, you may be restricted in the measures you can take. There are options like secondary glazing and specially designed frames, so talk to your supplier about what’s allowed.
7 New technology
If you’re replacing windows, opt for the latest technology like low emissions glass that reflects heat back into the room and can help control solar gain too.
If you see condensation on the outside of your windows on a cold morning this is a sign that your glazing is doing its job. You should see little or no condensation inside, and condensation between the panes means it’s time to replace.