Draught Proofing

Keep your winter warmth in
and the summer heat out.
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Did you know that in many homes, up to 50% of heating and cooling energy is lost due to uncontrolled draught, making your home difficult to heat and cool and costing you a fortune in energy bills.

Draught Proofing is the most important step you can take to improving the thermal efficiency of your home, reducing your energy use and improving your comfort.

To buy the best draught proofing products
for your home
What is draught?

Draught is uncontrolled air movement in a building.

The biggest challenge with air leakage is that the problem is virtually invisible
until you receive your high energy bill, but even minor gaps can add up and have a major cost over time.

By professionally draught proofing your home from unwanted air leaks, you can take control of your home’s heating, cooling, ventilation and zoning – making your home more comfortable and protecting you from exorbitant energy bills.

ecoMaster’s philosophy is based upon architectural quality, aesthetics, longevity and functionality. Where the market has failed to supply to these standards, we have developed our own innovative solutions, or worked with manufacturers to help them improve their products. This approach has delivered outstanding results.

How it works…

Draught proofing solutions are applied to seal off unwanted air leakage, preventing the outdoor temperature from impacting on your comfort, and keeping the need for additional heating and cooling to a minimum.

Our solutions do not inhibit the operation of doors, windows, fireplaces and ceiling exhaust fans, allowing you to keep your home ventilated as you please.

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The benefits of
draught proofing…
  • Eliminates unwanted air leakage
  • Reduces the amount of heating and cooling energy required to keep your home comfortable
  • Allows full control of ventilation
  • Visually integrating maintains the aesthetic appeal of your home
  • High quality solutions that last the lifetime of your home
  • Does not inhibit the operation of your doors, windows, fireplaces and ceiling exhaust fans
  • Draught proofing products are guaranteed for 2 years.
I’m delighted with the results from ecoMaster’s draught proofing. Naturally I had expectations, but was amazed at the immediate and visible impact. I feel warmer, I’m running the heating on average 1-2 degrees lower, the house it retaining its warmth better and the heating doesn’t reboot nearly as often as it did. I’m now looking forward to seeing this reflected in our heating bill.

What is a Draught Excluder?

A seal that prevents draught entering via the bottom of doors.

Comprehensive Range of Draught Excluders

A Comprehensive Range of Draught Excluders to ensure the most effective solution for all door types.

What is a Perimeter Seal?

A seal that stops draught entering via the sides and top of doors.

Architectural Perimeter Seals

Architectural Perimeter Seals: a long-term solution that visually blends with the existing frame.

What is Zoning?

Draught proofing selected areas of your home to heat and cool.

Sealing Gaps and Cracks

Professional Solutions for Sealing Gaps and Cracks: Such as architraves, skirting boards and wall vents

Ceiling Exhaust Fan Seals

Ceiling Exhaust Fan Seals that don’t inhibit the use of your exhaust fan.
Doesn't draught only come in under doors?

Sealing underneath a door isn’t adequate in preventing unwanted air leakage in your home, as draught enters via any number of areas including around windows, architraves, skirting boards, through wall vents, open exhaust fans, and chimneys and zoning options.

Will my home become stuffy after it's sealed?

Our draught proofing solutions are designed to prevent uncontrolled ventilation in your home. Ventilation is both necessary and desirable and remains the householder’s choice to control.

Our solutions do not inhibit the operation of doors, windows, fireplaces and ceiling exhaust fans, allowing you to keep your home ventilated as you please.

Is draught stopping the same as draught proofing?

Its just a matter of semantics.  Draught stopping or draught stoppers is the expression most people use when looking for a solution to reduce or stop the amount of air that passes into and out of their home.  Draught Proofing is becoming a more popular term but basically means the same thing – preventing uncontrolled ventiliation. 

How does draught proofing work?

Draught proofing works by identifying and then blocking the gaps where cold winter air enters your home, pushing out your warm heated air that your heating system has just created.   The constantly replacement of intentional warm air with outside cold air makes your heating system work that much harder by having to continuously heat your home.  The opposite occurs in summer – leaving you constantly struggling to create a comfortable temperature in your home. 

Draught proofing involves sealing unintended openings with specialised materials such as door perimeter seals (such as draught dodgers), door raught excluders (such as brush, sweep or bottom door seals), window seals , chimney draught stoppers, exhaust fans covers, sealing unused heating vents, sealing wall vents and sealing gaps between surrfaces (such as floorboards to skirting boards, above windows and around door architraves).  

What materials are used for draught proofing?

That answer depends upon how long you want your draught proofing to last.  Short term solutions include plastic stick on weather stripping, sticky foam seals around doors and chimneys balloons.  Whilst these solutions may work in the short term, they will not last any length of time, so you will end up trying to solve the same problem and will have generated landfill in the meantime.  Long term, permanent solutions include all weather timber or solid aluminium door perimeter seals, aluminium door seals, chimney draught stoppers and purpose made kits manufactured to solve specific issues (such as Goodbye Heating Vents to seal unused floor heating ducts).  

Do skirting boards stop draughts?
  1. Yes – and no.  Skirting boards are designed to provide an aesthetically pleasing transition between your floor and your wall.   Skirting boards can help to reduce draughts in the home by acting as a physical barrier between the floor and the wall and can help to limit the flow of air.  However, skirting boards alone will not be sufficient to stop all draughts coming up from your sub-floor.  The best way to seal skirting board gaps can be found here.  Click for video 
Can I draught proof wall vents?

Wall vents are open to the outside as well as the inside of your home. The external wall vents are to allow humidity management of the wall cavity.  The internal wall vents were originally designed to exhaust carbon monoxide from burning gas inside your home.  Sealing wall vents is NOT recommended for homes where gas is being used inside (such as for cooking or heating).

Often you can see straight through from the inside to the outside.  That is a seriously large amount of air exchange and will prevent your home from ever being energy efficient.   

So, yes you can draught proof wall vents by sealing them over (as long as there is no gas burning in your home). There are several ways to doing this

  1. Complete removal and replaster – requires a plasterer or good handy skills 
  2. Plastic stick on vents – quick, cheap but a bit ugly

Sealing the vents with Ultraclear – which keeps your vents but stops the draught.

Make sure the vents are very clean with no residual dust before sealing them.

Here is a video on how to seal your wall vents.  

Once sealed (and as with any draught proofing measure), with increasing air-tightness the onus is on the occupants to ventilate by opening windows when necessary for air quality.

Want to Do It Yourself?

Draught proofing a home usually requires many components and the know-how to install them so that they work their best in the long term. If you have basic DIY skills and want to tackle Draught Proofing of your home then we can help by providing access to our unique range of products and comprehensive video instructions that includes ecoMaster’s great range of Draught Dodgers. To make a start simply click the button and browse our online store.