Doors December 12th2014

5 areas to focus on when draught-proofing your front door

5 areas to focus on when draught-proofing your front door

In the colder months of the year, you might notice a difference in the draughts that enter your home which makes you feel colder but did you know that a lot of these draughts can be getting in through and around your front door. Cold draughts don't only make your home colder, it also means you will lose the heat that you are paying for so why not draught-proof your home to make your home warmer and save on your energy bills? Thankfully, the majority of issues concerning draughts are relatively easy fixes, so we've put together our top 5 tips to make your home warmer this winter by reducing them draughts.

 

The letterbox

Just because you have a flap covering your letterbox doesn’t mean that it is secured against draughts. Just a small area within your letterbox that lets in draughts also allows the heat you are paying for to escape. Have you considered an American style freestanding mailbox which eliminates this issue altogether although if you are more of a traditionalist an eco-flap could be right for you.

Did you know: An eco-flap can be just as useful. It simply attaches over your letterbox to help stop draughts and bad weather from getting into your home.

Everest entrance door with a chrome letterbox which helps reduce draughts

 

The bottom of your door

There’s probably a slight gap between the bottom of your door and its frame, which can become an ideal location for draughts to enter your home. This can easily be fixed by adding a draught excluder brush strip along the base. These are perhaps more commonly seen on the exterior of a door but are just as effective on the inside too. A fabric draught excluder is also a great quick fix for this problem, and with hundreds of different patterns and designs, there’s one to suit every home.

Everest timber entrance door with trim to reduce draughts

 

Keyholes

You might not think that it would be too much of an issue, but the amount of air that can enter through your keyhole may surprise you. In order to combat this, fix a pivoting cover over the keyhole so that it stops any draughts but still allows you to lock your door with ease. For added protection, fit one on both the exterior and interior of your door.

Everest uPVC entrance door with a chrome modern handle

 

Door frames

Doors can warp over time, with wooden options particularly susceptible – this is because they expand and contract depending on the weather. A long-term solution is to upgrade your door to a newer uPVC model. If you’re not quite ready for a new door just yet, then be sure to install draught stripping to protect your home. This may not fix your issue entirely (there could still be a little bit of a breeze), but it should go some way towards keeping the cold air where it belongs.

Everest uPVC entrance door in an open position

 

The glass window

A glass window can add style and beauty to an entrance door but if the glass is loose it can let in unwanted draughts. A simple solution is to add a trim around the glass to fill in the gaps and make a tighter fit between the door and the glass although this is unlikely to create a neat finish so investing in new glass that is exactly the right size may be a better option in some cases.

 

Did you know: At Everest, the glass windows on our entrance doors use the same advanced technology of our windows. A 20mm gap between the panes, which is filled with Argon gas and low E internal glass reflects heat back into the room to keep your home warm.

 

There’s one other option though...

If you want to eliminate the issue of draughts altogether then perhaps you should consider replacing those old doors. Everest doors are built with thermal efficiency in mind, made-to-measure for the perfect fit so there are no gaps that let cold air in your home or let the heat you are paying for escape. Everest doors have double draft resistant seals and a unique multi-chamber profile to ensure the draughts stay where they belong. Everest doors also have a product-specific trim around the edge of the door which looks neat while keeping cold air out. We’ve got lots of door styles and materials to choose from, so why not take a look?

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