The start of autumn is never a welcome time for those with an eye on energy bills; as they face the decision of when to turn the heating on again. That choice is more pertinent than ever in the wake of a surge in wholesale gas prices that has threatened to send consumer costs through the roof; something Britain can no longer control as we have long ceased to be self-sufficient in gas.
While government price cap regulations have limited the impact, the effects are still being keenly felt and householders will also have less choice of providers going forward as the situation has forced many small energy firms out of business. But the issues involved in keeping a home warm are not just about energy.
The quality of residential doors in keeping the heat in and the cold out is an issue that can be easily overlooked amid talk about energy prices and indeed other steps that can be taken to make homes warmer. Such as cavity wall insulation and double glazing.
Among your considerations may be the material your door is made of. Wood certainly has a lot of qualities, as its R value is 2.5 – indicating that it resists heat well and is thus a good natural insulator.
However, whether your door is made of wood, laminate, glass or any other material, there are other issues to consider, not least that of draughts.
This is where high quality manufacture and installation have an obvious role to play, by not leaving any gaps that should not be there through which coder air can seep in.
Under the base of the doors
However, the greatest opportunity for a draught to sneak in is under the base of the door. Good fitting will mean the bottom of the door does not leave a significant gap between it and the caret. At the same time, however, no householder should want it to be digging into the carpet; as this would mean the door is harder to open and doing so will eventually wear the carpet down.
Nonetheless, carpets are always subject to wear and tear; especially in doorways as by definition, this is where people will regularly walk.
For this reason, it is important to add extra measures to keep the draught out, with draught excluders being the most effective. These can be bought in local hardware stores, but it is also possible for crafty people to make their own. Alternatively, you could add draught-proofing strips to the base of your doors.
Internal door draught excluder
However, doing this all over the house could bring problems. Apart from having to go round checking all your doors, it could mean you need to buy – or make – a lot of draught excluders, and these can also be trip hazards, a significant issue if you have children.
What that means is you should still install draught excluders or strips if you need to, but it is the quality of installation that matters most. With the right fitting, the need to take extra action to curb cold air seeping under your door will be minimised.