In the colder months of the year, you might notice a difference in the draughts that enter your house through and around your front door. Cold draughts can have a big effect on how warm your home is and the amount of energy that you lose. Thankfully, it’s easy to fix the majority of problem areas with minimal effort by draught proofing your front door.
Just because you have a flap covering your letterbox doesn’t mean that it is secured against draughts. If you can, consider closing your letterbox up completely and installing an American-style freestanding mailbox. If you’re more of a traditionalist, then something like
can be just as useful. It simply attaches over your letterbox to help stop draughts and bad weather from getting into your home.
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.
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.
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.
If you have pets, then a cat flap is essential for giving your furry friends the freedom they need to come and go as they please. Since you can’t simply board it up, swap it for a magnetic one – this will ensure that it doesn’t flap in the wind when your pet isn’t using it.
If you’ve taken all the steps above and you’re still worried about the amount of air that’s entering your home, then it may be time to upgrade your windows. uPVC windows are a great way to keep your home insulated in the winter months, with double glazing keeping your home warm and a tough exterior protecting them from the elements.
There’s one other option though
If you get tired of worrying about draughts every time winter roles around then perhaps you should consider replacing those old doors. We’ve got lots of door styles and materials to choose from, so why not take a look? Alternatively there’s a 30 second video below that’ll help you see how good our doors are!