We live in a property with a short hallway which leads into the living room. The room is easily the coldest in the house and it’s because a rather large draught is coming through the front door.
I’m not sure if a new front door would help – has technology improved? Plus I’m worried about the cost.
Are there any tips you can give me to draught-proof the front door and could it save me money in the long run on energy bills?
Draught problem: Is there any easy and inexpensive solution to stop a draught entering our front door
Lee Boyce, consumer affairs editor of This is Money, replies: It’s surprising how much heat can escape from chimney openings, conservatories, doors and windows in the winter months which can add significant costs to your heating bills.
However, some simple and inexpensive steps could help prevent this energy loss. I asked an expert for his suggestions.
Aled Stephens, expert at the Energy Saving Trust, says: Our research shows 46 per cent of people still need to draught-proof their windows and doors.
A good DIY draught-proofing job could costs between £85 and £275 for materials and professional installation for your whole house.
Draught-proofing windows and doors can make your home a more comfortable place to live and could save you £25 to £35 a year on heating bills.
New external doors now generally contain integrated insulation to reduce heat loss and comply with building regulations.
A properly fitted new external door should include an effective draught-proofing system.
Existing doors can be improved by fitting draught-proofing strips around the seals and the letterbox.
Fitting draught-proofing to an existing door will save the typical household up to £10 a year.
You can draught-proof doors and windows using draught-proofing strips, which can be cheaply bought at any DIY store, although note that foam strips do not work well with sliding sash windows, use brush strips or consult a professional.
Apply silicon sealant to windows that don’t open.
For doors, a keyhole cover can reduce draughts easily, while a brush or flap can be quickly added to letterboxes.
Gaps at the bottom can be addressed with a brush or hinged flap draught excluder.
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