Winter’s closing in and the heatings on. Every year the cost of energy rise, costing you more to heat your home. During the winter heating consumes 70% of total household energy.
There are various methods you can use to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your energy bills.
This week we will look at draught proofing your windows, a cheap and easy way to increase energy efficiency and comfort.
- Modern double glazed windows installed over the past fifteen years probably don’t need any proofing.
- Double glazed windows installed before the turn of the century will probably need draught proofing
- All old single glazed windows will certainly need draught proofing
Windows let in cold air between the window and frame. Also on the sealant on the outside between the window frame and the wall.
The combined cold air let in through the many windows in your home can result in a large amount of heat loss and energy wastage.
Compression seals are the best insulation to use on windows. Not only do they keep cold air out they also keep unwanted dust and condensation at bay. Compression seals are rubber strip’s attached to lengths of metal or plastic. These lengths have holes so you can screw them to your window frames, or they can be glued. When the window’s closed the rubber strip compresses into the gap creating a tight-fitting seal. The durable rubber will return to its original shape when the windows opened. A good quality compression seal will last you many years.
Check your window frames on the outside. Fitted windows have sealant applied between the wall and frame to stop air and water getting in.
Overtime the sealant will deteriorate and form holes that become a source of cold air. Removing and replacing old sealant should be part of you draught excluding work. Inside, seal your window frames around the edges with silicone sealant to complete draught exclusion.
Exterior and interior gunned sealants are cheap. Sealing combined with compression seals will ensure your windows are fully draught proof.
When it comes to draught proofing you can buy the materials from your local DIY store and do the work yourself. Many professional companies offer draught proofing services if you’re not into DIY.
Draughts are a significant cause of heat loss in many Essex homes. Draught proofing your home will keep your home warmer and reduce your energy bills by up to £35 each winter.