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Beat those leaky windows and doors to aid your battle with saving energy at home this Winter …got...

Updated: May 25, 2023

For sure, as Winter edges closer and closer, the continuing build of anxiety, regarding the energy crisis and the need to do all possible to try and ensure every penny that can be saved through cutting energy costs is well and truly duly considered and thoroughly checked out.

This includes all kinds of activity on both the larger scale and the much more minor issues too too. For sure, people recognise that very much a key rule in respect of the ‘at home’ energy saving battle is that … every little counts!!. Spotted online recently, were some telling directions and ideas all about the relatively minor - but surely essential - matter of shutting out those Winter ‘winds’ from everywhere you can throughout the whole of your home!

energy saving tactics

You can be sure the Mint team - who, of course, have expertise in energy-saving tactics and use of relating products when it comes to extending and renovating at home, very much understand how vital the detailed attention to energy saving is in every home in these tough energy saving times.

stop those drafts!

Those always informed experts from the Real Homes team, via writer Anna Cottrell, highlighted online recently how the season for stopping those most unwelcome ‘cold air blasts’ anywhere at home this Winter is now without doubt - and with very good reason - very much in full swing right now!

The key point made is …that if you do perhaps live in an older home, without extensive insulation, there is no mistaking that ‘chilly breeze’ getting under all the doors and also through some the windows perhaps as you move from room to room,….and yes, it can all be fixed to good effect with a little bit of application and attention!

warm air

Real Homes add that ….”Whilst a door draft stopper can prevent cold air from travelling through your home, there are also indeed more things that you can do to help keep the warm air confined to one space. It is, fortunately, one of those common home repairs well within reach, of even a complete DIY beginner.

quick fixes

So, check out a few ways to ease those ill-fitting windows and doors, compliments of some experts that Real Homes have been chatting with. The suggestion is that these ‘quick fixes’ will indeed make a telling impact on those ‘devilish’ windy intrusions…and so help save vital energy in doing so.

cheap and easy

First to consider could be self adhesive foam tape….a cheap and easy to apply product. It stops the leaks around doors… and there is no specialist application equipment needed. Say the experts. ….foam tape is thick enough, and the material in it is insulative enough, to significantly reduce the amount of heat that is lost through ill-fitting doors… It is, and should, they say, be ‘just the job’ to ease those wintry cold air intrusions!

draft excluder

Then you can, of course, also consider that very basic, well-known item ..the draft excluder - a shaped sausage shaped wedge item you put in place at the base of the interior doors…some are better than others…so judgement may be needed …but, it couldn’t be simpler…and it does a good job ..for sure!


Number three item to consider might be a door ‘sweep’ type item. This can seal the bottom of the door with flexible tabs that press against the floor and prevent the intrusion of air. There are a variety of options available for door sweeps, including those that are installed with screws and, also. those that slip onto the bottom edge of the door.

even floors

Also, highlighted by one of the Real Homes experts, is that it is vital ‘not to have’ a floor that is badly uneven with the door threshold. If it IS very uneven, the need then is to consider a threshold cover.' Threshold covers are available and can at least temporarily resolve the issue of an uneven floor that's causing wind getting in, via a too large gap under your door. Ultimately, though, evening out the floor is also the key DIY ‘fix it’ option.

good effect

An item known as a ‘draft snake’ can be installed along the bottom of doors too …and this will do the job of beating back those windy intrusions to good effect. It is made of foam, or other flexible insulation type material …not the best looking solution it’s true… but, it will do the job for sure!!

immediate solution

Finally…if the idea of DIY anything puts you off completely, then just get busy with that good ol’ thick rolled ‘snake’ type draft preventing item These can be an effective and an immediate solution for those nuisance gaps around doors, but, some are better than others, and you will, of course, have to move it out of the way every time you want to open the door… but better than a windy blow around the room that’s for sure!

guidance and more tips

For more.. guidance.. clarification and more tips to aid air leaks around windows or doors at your place, go here….. ….and good luck with your wind-expelling and cold air blocking plans to stay safe during the Winter ahead!

We at Mint Builders are, of course, here to help locally with all kinds of questions and ideas relating to all your new home extensions or renovation ideas and plans including those for 2023. We can assist with all your home renovation priority planning and project organisation of all kinds.

Feel free to request our project planning and quotation visit to refurbish or extend your home for more energy saving ‘liveability’ during this tough Winter ahead and vital increased future ‘protective’ money making, added-sales value, vital perhaps in these challenging financial times.

Contact Mint Builders about your home extension, renovation and re-organisation plans for this year… or next. Call 07734 211958 or email

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