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23:42 Apr 30, 2008
English to Portuguese translations [Non-PRO] Social Sciences - Medical: Health Care
English term or phrase:draught proofing
How draught proofing works
It simply fills gaps and decreases the amount of cold air entering your home. There are several types of materials available from brushes, foams and sealants to strips and shaped rubber or plastic. The Draught Proofing Association can help you decide which is best for your home. Draught proofing is an easy, cost effective way to reduce heating bills. Most materials are available from DIY stores.
How it is installed
Draught proofing is an easy DIY task. Many of the sealant strips are self-adhesive and fitting brushes to doors or letterboxes is also simple. There are a number of things you should also think about:
Adequate ventilation is as important as draught proofing - and essential if you have solid fuel fires, gas fires or a boiler with an open flue.
Ventilation is especially important in kitchens and bathrooms and you should consider fitting an extractor fan in these areas if condensation is a problem. You could also open a window when cooking, running hot water or drying clothes.
Background ventilation can be provided by trickle vents in the window frame which will reduce the need to open windows.
Have your chimneys swept regularly and check air bricks for blockages.