HOW TO INSTALL A DRAUGHT EXCLUDER – If you can feel a draught coming from under or around the doors and windows in your home this can become pretty uncomfortable. Apart from that you’ll have to turn up the heating which means spending more money on your fuel bills to keep your rooms warm. One simple way to stop this is to install draught excluders. It’s an easy Do It Yourself job that doesn’t take long to do and in this guide we show you exactly how to do it – which will save energy and your money!
To reduce the draughts from the bottom of your doors fit a ‘Brush Strip’ draught excluder. Close the door and then measure the door’s width. It may be that you’ll have to cut the Brush Strip to fit.
To do this simply apply a little pressure to the top and then slide the brush portion out. Now measure the length you require and cut using a hacksaw. Now place the brush portion alongside the top portion and make a mark for cutting. Cut the brush portion with pliers on the plastic section.
Now slide the two piece back together. With the door closed, place the Brush Strip against the door and screw into place. Remember that the brushes need to overhang the bottom of the door so that the brushes meet the floor surface.
To insulate against drafts around the door frame you can buy ‘Insulation Foam Stripes’. This product comes in rolls with self-adhesive backing. Note that you can buy a few types depending on the gaps you have around the frame, for instance an ‘E’ or ‘P’ insulation strip. These are named as such because the foam is formed as an E shape or P shape. To fit these, clean the surface of the door frame and make sure it is completely dry. Now peel off the protective backing and apply around the door frame. At the corners, cut 45 degree angles with a pair of scissors for a really neat finish and fit.
If you have draughts coming from the windows the apply the ‘Insulation Foam Stripes’ as directed above.
One area that most people forget about is the letter-box and yet this can be the cause of many draughts. You can buy a letter-box seal. Fitting one is easy, simply line it up with the letter-box opening and screw into place over the letter-box.
Acknowledgements: Video – WoodiesDIY.com