The short days and frosty temperatures are enough to make us want to hunker down and hibernate.
As there’s nothing like a chilly draught to ruin the cosy refuge of home, make sure you draught-proof your house with our clever, inexpensive and fast-working tips.
1. Weatherstripping, a self-adhesive foam tape, can be used to fill the gap between the frame and the moving part of the window, as well as on exterior doors. You may want to err on the side of caution if you’ve got original sash windows, though. They’re notoriously draughty, so you’d be better off getting a pro to proof and refurbish them more thoroughly.
2. Minimise draughts at the bottom of an exterior door with a brush-style strip.
All you need to do is cut the strip to fit and screw it in place. Take care not to fix it too low, though, as it may drag on the floor. Another good idea is fitting keyhole and letterbox covers to your door to stop cold air creeping in.
3. For extra insulation, fit a curtain pole above an exterior door and hang a heavy curtain across it. This is especially effective if the door is partially or fully glazed.
4. Interior doors should be draught-proofed if they lead to a room that isn't heated. Keep the door closed so the cold air stays in the unheated room, and block any gap at the bottom of the door with a fabric draught excluder. From kitsch, vintage-style prints to wacky animal shapes, they come in all manner of designs, so don’t be afraid to get creative.
5. Don’t forget about your chimney. If you have an unused fireplace, get the chimney capped by a roofer and fit a chimney balloon, which inflates to keep warm air in the room and block cold air coming down – just make sure you remove the balloon before using the fireplace.