Draughtproofing Techniques To Reduce Fuel Bills

Ill-fitting doors and windows are the main sources of draughts, but other points of entry are via chimney flues and floors. Warning Beware of total draughtproofing if the room contains a fuel-burning appliance, unless it is a balanced flue type in which case it automatically draws its air from outside. For other appliances, particularly paraffin … Read more

Controlling Humidity And Heat Loss In The Home

After much thought you may have installed the system of central heating ideal for your type of home. All that remains is for you to sit back and enjoy its benefits. But wait! Nothing is perfect in this imperfect world. Do you now suffer from sore throats, headaches or sinus trouble? Is your woodwork warping? … Read more

Insulating Ceilings

Ceilings can be insulated (to a degree only) with cork or by applying an anti-condensation paint which not only warms the surface but absorbs what moisture there is — and this absorbed moisture will evaporate when conditions are more favourable. The property of absorption, though supplying an immediate remedy, has the disadvantage that the coating … Read more

Insulating Concrete floors

Many houses have ground floors which consist of a concrete slab laid either on hardcore or directly on the earth. It is not possible to take up a floor like this and lay insulation underneath it as you can with floorboards, but you can put a layer of insulation on top. First remove the skirting … Read more

Improving Home Insulation

The Building Research Establishment has estimated that up to 50 per cent of the total primary energy consumption of the UK is used to service buildings: for heating, lighting, providing hot water, cooking, and running appliances. Of this energy use about half is required to keep the buildings warm. It seems obvious that the reduction … Read more

Tips For Stopping Draughts In The House

tips for stopping draughts

SIMPLE DRAUGHT CURES If you don’t have the time to get down to draught proofing your house, there are still a few simple steps you can take to try to minimise heat loss. Heavy curtains which have been cut to provide ample overlap will act as an efficient thermal barrier to both heat losses via … Read more

How To Seal Draughty Doors

how to seal draughty doors

SEALING DOORS For the tops and sides of doors, follow the same procedures as for windows. Again, the better the quality of the sealant strip, the longer lasting and neater in appearance it will be. But with doors, the biggest draught problem is usually created by a gap at the bottom. A speedy, but only … Read more

How To Seal Windows From Draughts

How To Seal Windows From Draughts

SEALING WINDOWS Draught proofing strips will solve most draught problems with opening casement windows and often with doors, too (sash windows need slightly more treatment — see below). But how long your draughtproofing will last depends on the quality of the materials you use. At the cheapest end of the scale are proprietary draught proofing … Read more

How To Trace Where A Draught Is Coming From

tracing the source of a draught

DEALING WITH DRAUGHTS There’s no point in spending money heating your home if cold draughts are cooling it down again. So stop up all the areas draughts can enter — you’ll save money and make your house a more comfortable place to live in at the same time. TRACING DRAUGHTS Good ventilation is essential in … Read more

How To Insulate A Loft – Loft Insulation Tips

how to insulate a loft

INSULATING THE LOFT The job of laying loft insulation is not a difficult one and it provides very worthwhile savings in fuel costs. Preparation Apart from clearing the loft of anything you have stored there, little preparation work is necessary. However, this is the time to tackle repairs you’ve been putting off — closing any … Read more