Draught-Proofing Your Home Saves Energy & Saves You Money
Draught-Proofing is the ‘low-hanging-fruit’ of energy efficiency
Draught-proofing is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve the energy-efficiency of your home, and that means saving on energy, and your energy bills!
Ventilation and draughts have one thing in common-they both allow let fresh air into your home. That’s good. What’s NOT good, is that the spaces that allow a draught are letting cold air into your home during winter, and hot air in during Summer. That’s means that your comfort is reduced, and you spend more of your hard-earned money than you should for extra heating in winter, and extra cooling in summer.
How much could I save by draught-proofing my home?
Every home is going to be different. The gaps that allow warmth and cold to move between the inside of your home and the outside vary from home to home, so trying to give an estimate is difficult, or even misleading. We have seen estimates that speak of saving 10% of a heating/cooling costs, and of savings of up to $100 a year. We can’t guess how much YOU will save, but it’s certain that draught-free homes can cut back on the thermostat, and bank on healthy savings.
Where should I look for draughts?
Draughts happen where there are unwanted gaps in the construction of your home, and where openings are left uncovered.
You can find the gaps that cause draughts all around your home. Try checking your…
- ventilation grilles
- exhaust fans and range hoods in the kitchen
- exhaust fans/Tastics in the bathroom
- heating and cooling vents
- suspended floorboards
- pipework leading outside
- ceiling-to-wall joints
- architrave joints
How To Draught-Proof Your Home
Some great draught-proofing tips from Sustainability Victoria
Should I do it myself, or get a professional?
Of course, the amount of work, and the cost of materials, is going to vary from home to home.
If you’re comfortable doing small DIY jobs, then draught-proofing should be easy for you.
If you don’t feel comfortsble doing the work, or the job is too big for you, then call in a professional. It will cost more than doing it yourself, but the job may be a better one, and it WILL get done. Over the years, for draught-proofing in the Melbourne region, we’ve found EcoMaster to be very professional. You can visit their website, or call them on 1300 326 627
When you’ve ‘picked the low-hanging fruit’- draught-proofed your home, it’s time to tackle one of the BIG issues- the cost of energy-IInefficient windows and doors. That’s where we come in, and we’re here to help. Give us a call to discuss your issues, or arrange an obligation-free Quote, on 1300 733 429.