Giuseppe Gillespie



A Draughty Gallery

Brrr, feel that nip in the air? It may be that your home is battling against the ever-present threat of heat seepage; that is, heat loss from a *draughty opening such as a window or crack in the wall/floor material of your home.

*For those unfamiliar with the term/spelling, a draught (pronounced draft) here can be surmised as a current of unpleasantly cold air blowing through a room.

Draught-proofing is a relatively simple and cheap way to improve the heat retention and by extension the energy efficiency of your household. Draught-proofing can also help keep your home cool in the Summer by blocking out hot air from entering your home.

Identifying draughts ~ refer to this handy guide for the most common sources of draught within a home:

Courtesy of positivecharge.com

Your local hardware shop is sure to have a range of accoutrements available to purchase for the purposes of fissure sealing the living daylight out of your home; these include:

  • Air vent covers
  • Insulated underlays for flooring
  • Chimney balloons
  • Various compression and brush seals
  • Caulking gun and silicone sealant
Macaulay Culkin carefully caulks his draughty chimney using Macualay Culkin’s cool caulking gun.

Additionally, here’s a short video all about draught-proofing your home from life-sized Ken Doll Shura Taft who provides a neat overview:

About the Author

Giuseppe Gillespie is an infrequent Irish writer often forced to write about himself in the 3rd person as he is not famous enough to merit someone else doing it for him. He has informed me (who is definitely not him) that he hopes this could change in future, as well as his fondness for ending things with a preposition, notwithstanding. For more see: gillespie-writing.com

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