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Draft Proofing Sash Windows

Draughts in your home can be caused by unwanted gaps in your structure which lead to the outdoors. For example windows, doors with letter boxes or keyholes, loft hatches and many more accidental gaps can cause you to experience a draught within your home. However not all gusts of cold air are bad; in rooms where condensation can build and ventilation is needed due to electrical facilities, a draught can help to reduce the build up of condensation.

Sash windows can add character and beautiful design benefits to a home, but draughts commonly occur in properties which have sash windows. By draught proofing sash windows, less heat can escape and little to no cold air comes in. This will lead to your home being more energy efficient and a reduction in heating bills.

How to draught proof a sash window

One way to draught proof sash windows is by using weatherstripping or timber/plastic beading. It’s best to choose products which are in keeping with the style of sash window properties and we recommend the heritage timber beads. These can be found on our weatherstripping sash windows page.

Trickle vents are also essential as ventilation is paramount for avoiding damp and mould in your home.

How much can you save?

By carrying out a full draught proofing on your home you could save on average £55 per year according to the Energy Saving Trust. The changes will mean you’ll benefit from retaining heat within your home and can turn down your thermostat or reduce your heating temperature. These changes could save you another £65 per year!

Imagine the effects on properties with sash windows as they experience bigger loses of heating, could they save even more?

The Energy Saving Trust also suggests that if every household in the UK was to carry out this procedure on their home, every year the UK would save £180 million which would be enough to heat nearly 930,000 homes.

So not only does it improve the energy efficiency within your own home but it reduces the consumption of the UK in general.

For hints and tips on draught proofing windows, sash or not, contact us at Mighton Products today by calling 01223 783191 or emailing on