Choosing the Right Draught Excluder

Keeping draughts out of your home is guaranteed to help the property keep warm during the winter – but what excluder is best suited to your place?

Although a breezy and airy home is more than welcome during the spring and summer months – when you can keep exterior doors open throughout the day and let the property absorb the fresh spring air – it isn’t nearly as appealing come autumn and winter time. As the days grow darker and the nights come round quicker, you want to be sure that you and your family are as cosy as can be – and that means stopping any unwanted draughts that might still be making the way in the cracks and gaps around your doors and window frames.

So what can you do to stop them? Well, why not look into getting a brand new draught excluder to block the wind in its tracks? But why is a draught excluder your best bet? And what kind of excluders does the market have to offer?

Benefits of Draught Excluders

There are numerous advantages to choosing draught excluders before you start blocking up cracks and gaps in your property, including the following:

  • Draught excluders block cold air upon entry into a specific room.
  • They reduce the risk of condensation, as well as the potential onset of mould and rising damp.
  • They help to insulate the property, keeping you warmer and saving you money on your heating bills.
  • They can be used for a variety of different locations where a draught might appear, from doors and windows to keyholes, letterboxes, suspended floorboards and loft or attic hatches.
  • And finally, draught excluders come in a range of different styles and designs to suit both your specific draught problem and your interior décor.

Types of Draught Excluders

So what about these different styles of draught excluder? Well, normally draught excluders are sorted into one of the three following types:

  1. Cushioned Draught Excluders – these stand-alone, pillow-like draught excluders can be bought from almost any home-ware store up and down the UK, and block out the cold air wherever they are placed – although they do look a little clumsy and can be knocked out of position fairly easily.
  2. Brush-Lined Draught Excluders – here, brushes are fitted to the underside of the door or window frame where a draught is causing a problem; that said, because of the gaps between the individual brushes they don’t guarantee 100% coverage.
  3. Foam-Based Draught Excluders – like brush draught excluders foam-lined models are stuck to the underside of the door to help prevent cold air getting through the gaps. These cushiony options can be a bit unsightly (and sometimes make a door stick if fitted too low) but probably offer the most coverage of the three different models.

Although this article covers the basics the size and shape of draught excluders varies wildly depending on where you go and what you’re looking for – so make sure you shop around both online and in DIY and home-ware stores to find the right unit for you. If you choose a brush or foam lined model, then you might also need to hire a local handyman to come and do the installation for you; it’s not essential, but it does ensure that everything is fitted and up and running within just a couple of hours