This GIY job is all about putting a stop to draughts (and limbo dancers) that come in under your doors. In this video I show you how to draught-proof the bottom of an internal hinge door with an adhesive weather strip.
Yes, you could spend all winter arranging the door snake to block the gap but do this GIY job and your battle with the door snake will be over. You might also need to draught-proof around the door - watch this GIY video to see how it's done.
This is a really quick, easy and effective GIY job that will stop draughts and save your energy.
Draught-proofing doors that lead to 'unconditioned' spaces (i.e spaces that are not heated or cooled including your laundry, bathroom and spare rooms) can make a huge difference to your comfort and energy bills.
In this GIY video I show you how to draught-proof an internal hinged door with draught-proof tape. It's an easy GIY job.
Evaporative cooling vents can be a huge source of draughts and heat loss in winter.
In this GIY video I show you two simple ways to seal them up for winter. One uses clear contact and is super quick and effective. The other uses a product specifically designed for the job - a HeatSaver vent cover.
This is a solution for evaporative cooling vents only.
Some gaps and cracks are , well, crackers. Too big for the standard gap-filling materials of gap filler rod and caulk.
They need something that will do the job without wasting your time (and lots of products).
Polyurethane expanding foam is the answer. It comes in an aerosol can and sprays on through a nozzle-tube expanding to fill the gap. It cures to a hard foam which can then be cut back, sanded and painted to look real nice.
It can also be left to look like you've just filled gaps with a a solid whipped cream. (I've done that in this GIY video as it's hidden behind a dishwasher.)
I know it's not the 'greenest' product on the market but in small amounts it's better that a draught. You could use old socks if you really wanted to.
It's easy to use but there are lots of great tips in this video on how to do it with minimum fuss.
Trickiness rating: Easy
Stickiness rating: Very (but managable with nail-polish remover or acetone)
Architraves around windows and doors are a common source of draughts with huge gaps and cracks behind them. Unless you were looking for them, or wondering why your house gets cold so quickly, you would never know they are you would never see them.
They are a quick and easy GIY job to fix - grab some gap filler rod and some caulk and get ready to seal the suckers up.
In this quick GIY video I show you how to load a caulking gun. It's an easy thing to do when you know how to get started.
Not only will you be able to draught-proof anything but you can tap into your inner Charlies Angel and combat anything. Of that I'm sure.
It was a very quick film and edit and lacks the finess of my other GIY videos! Quick is good and if you can excuse the ocasional camera wobble and single take feel of it, I think you'll enjoy it. It's very raw. Yeah.
Extractor fans are great for getting rid of smells and steam when they're switched on but the rest of the time they are drafty holes in your ceiling.
Seal them up when they aren't in use with a DraftStoppa® - a plastic casing that goes over your extractor fan in the roof cavity. It has a set of balanced shutters, a bit like butterfly wings, which open when the fan is turned on and close automatically when the fan is turned off.
It is a simple but brilliant idea that works to help stop drafts (hence the name).
*They are essential in rooms that have an un-flued gas heater or open fire, and in hot and steamy areas (bathroom, laundry and kitchen) to allow good ventilation but are just drafty holes in all other rooms.
If you are using energy to heat or cool your house it is a good idea to draught-proof these vents to stop the precious air escaping. This GIY job is a good temporary solution.
If you want some fresh air you have to take control of it - windows that open and close are great. Permanent wall-vents are bad (except *).
Windows are the weakesk link (thermally speaking) in the average house. They cause more heat gain and loss than any other area of your home - even when they're closed.
To stop this you have to insulate them - double glazing, heavy curtains or some form of secondary glazing that traps a layer of still air. In this GIY project we insulate a timber sash window with a plastic film called Clear Comfort (this is an Australian product but there are a wide range of similar and cheaper products available in the US).
It is affordable (between $5 and 12/m2 depending on the brand), easy to install and really makes a difference.