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Protecting Your Home Against the Cold

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In this video, you will learn some practical tips and advice to protect your home from the cold.

This video is one of 19 in our series on lowering your energy bills, which is full of helpful advice and tips to help you improve your home's energy performance.

Even if your home is well heated, cold draughts can leave you feeling chilly. Learn some simple measures you can take to avoid this and make your home more energy efficient by watching this short video.

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In this video, you will learn how to keep your home warm in cold weather.

To keep your home warm, you'll need to consider two key elements: protecting openings such as windows and doors, and making sure your floor is well insulated.

Firstly: protecting openings

Doors and windows are the main openins in your home through which air can pass.

To ensure the best possible insulation of your windows, you could install exterior shutters, interior curtains, or a combination of the two.

First, shutters. These block light out, but also protect against the cold outside air.

When night falls, remember to close your shutters, not only in your bedroom but for all windows.

Next, curtains.

They serve the same purpose as shutters but are hung inside your home.

They help block the cold draughts that come in from outside and cool the room. To optimise your protection against the cold, you could use both curtains and shutters. Naturally, the thicker the curtain, the more insulating it will be.

Your windows are kept airtight by the seal.

To make sure the insulation is working effectively, pass a lighter by the window.

If the flame flickers, this indicates the presence of a draught.

Sometimes, you will even be able to feel this with your hand.

You can also open the window and check the seal.

If it's caved in or damanged, then air will be able to pass.

You can find window seals easily and affordably in the shops.

On average, you'll need to change the seal every 15-20 years.

You can change it yourself.

To do this, simply remove the old seal and replace it with the new one.

Finally, cold draughts can also come in under doors.

To block these, you can install draught excluders in your home.

This accessory plugs the gap between the bottom of the door and the floor, stopping cold draughts from getting in.

Be careful: You should only install draught excluders on external doors, otherwise you will cause problems with the circulation of air inside your home.

Secondly: making sure your floors are well insulated.

Floors can also make your rooms feel cold.

Carpets and rugs can help reduce the cold.

A rug is a simple trick which will help you stay warm without having to worry about the cost of undertaking more expensive work.

When buying a carpet or rug, check its insulating properties on the label.

If your floor is very cold, opt for woollen or synthetic fibre rugs.

Now you know how to keep your home warm in cold weather.


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