The first thing you want to do to stop heat escaping is draught-proof your front door or any internal door in your home. This should be a high priority because you want to stop cold air coming in from the outside the home. But also you will want to draught-proof other doors in the house separating cold rooms from warm rooms. This will help to prevent cold air circulating between the two. This is useful for rooms that you don’t heat during the winter months for saving money on energy bills. Areas you should consider draught-proofing on your doors include the keyhole, the letterbox and around the door frame.
How To Draught-Proof Around Door Frames.
The first thing you are going to want to do is draught-proof the frames of your doors around the house. You can do this using a brush strip applied to the bottom of the door. This is where the largest gap is between the door and floor. Draught excluders are normally screwed into place. However, you can get adhesive draught excluders. You will need to measure the bottom of the door so that you can cut the fixed brush strip to the correct size. Otherwise, you may have issues trying to open and shut your door. Cut the extruder to the length of the bottom of the door. Screw into place and check that the bristles from the brush touch the floor. This will help to prevent draughts at the bottom of your door.
You can also use another type of draught excluder known as a hinged flap. Instead of brushes, this uses a rubber flexible strip to help prevent draughts. These can be installed on the bottom of your doors.
Brush and Foam Strips
Brush and foam door strips can be installed around the sides and top of the door. These can also help to minimize draughts. Foam strips come with adhesive to stick to the door. Please make sure your door frame is clean before attaching foam strip extruders as they may not stick correctly.
Brush strip extruders are much smaller than the ones used at the bottom of the door. These come with a sticky adhesive to stick them to door. However, in most cases, it’s best to just screw them to the door frame to make sure they are secure. These provide a nice seal when the door is shut and helps to prevent draughts.
Sealant To Draught Proof Doors
One of the cheapest options to draughtproof around your door. Is by using silicone sealant. The gunned silicone sealant can be applied around the edges, bottom and top of your doors. It is important very important that you put a release agent on your door first before applying silicone sealant. This will prevent the door from sticking to the sealant. Allowing you to close the door while the sealant dries.
How To Draught-Proof A Keyhole?
Draughts can come into your home from the door keyholes. You can prevent these draughts by installing an escutcheon plate. This is a metal shaped disc that is installed over the top of the keyhole. It swings left to right allowing for you to open the door by inserting your key. Swing shut again to help prevent draughts.
How To Draught Proof Letterboxes?
Your simple letterbox can produce a lot of draughts. Installing a flap on the inside of your door can help to draught-proof your letterbox. You can usually attach the bracket to the inside of the door. This would depend on the type of door. Installing letterbox brushes can also help to further reduce heat loss from your front door. These are installed on the inside of the letterbox.
If you are still having problems with your door and draughts. Maybe its time to upgrade your door to a more energy-efficient door. Contact one of our home improvement advisors today on 01744 611203 for a free quotation.