Simple solutions to beat draughts.
While our homes need to be regularly ventilated to keep the air fresh and dry, draughts are too inconsistent to be reliable and often cause discomfort during the winter months. Up to 20% of heating can be lost through draughts. Fixing them is a relatively simple and low cost solution to reduce your heating bills and keep your home warm, dry and comfortable.
Draughts don't provide enough ventilation where and when you need it. The key to ventilation is to control it, to ventilate when it's convenient for you and family, so you can remain comfortable when the weather outside is at its worst. It's important to remove unnecessary draughts to create a healthy and dry home.
To meet the Healthy Home standard you need to ensure that rental properties don’t have unreasonable gaps or holes in walls, ceilings, windows, skylights, floors and doors which cause noticeable draughts. All unused open fireplaces should have their chimneys blocked to prevent draughts.
As home owners we want to ensure our homes are efficient as possible, draughts can provide unnecessary discomfort. If you have an older home, it's essential to install weather strips and seals around windows and doors and seal any gaps you notice.
It's your landlord's responsibility to address unreasonable gaps, so it's important that you notify them about any concerns you might have.