Top 5 Draught Problems this Winter Season

What are the top 5 draughty problems we’ve encountered so far this winter season?

Since October of last year, we’ve been actively DraughtBusting throughout Reading. Our DraughtBusters volunteers have been helping homes and community spaces, addressing various issues. We’ve compiled a list of the main problems encountered during our efforts so far, this winter season.

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  1. Trickle vents that are draughty when closed 
  2. Draughty gaps under door thresholds, windowsills and boards
  3. UPVC window sashes with failing friction stays
  4. Redundant air vents 
  5. Draughty front doors

Draughty Problems Have Solutions

  1. Trickle Vents That Are Draughty When Closed

Trickle vents are a common feature in modern homes, designed to provide ventilation while preventing draughts. However, one prevalent issue is trickle vents that remain draughty even when closed. Homeowners often overlook this problem, assuming the vents are doing their job when, in reality, they might be allowing cold air to seep into living spaces.

Solution: Regularly check and maintain trickle vents, ensuring they close tightly. If draughts persist, consider sealing up

  1. Draughty Gaps Under Door Thresholds, Windowsills, and Boards

Draughts commonly sneak into homes through gaps under doors, windowsills, and boards. These tiny openings may seem insignificant, but collectively, they contribute significantly to heat loss and discomfort.

Solution: Invest in draughtproofing strips or draught excluders to seal gaps around doors and windows. Adding extra wood across the threshold for the door to close against can also help. Using silicon filler can also help around windows. These cost-effective solutions can make a noticeable difference in reducing heat loss and enhancing overall comfort.

  1. UPVC Window Sashes with Failing Friction Stays

UPVC windows are popular for their durability and energy efficiency, but over time, the friction stays that hold window sashes in place may fail. This can result in draughts and compromised security.

Solution: Inspect UPVC window sashes regularly and replace failing friction stays promptly.

  1. Redundant Air Vents

Many homes have redundant air vents, often remnants from previous heating or ventilation systems. These vents can become hidden sources of draughts, allowing cold air to infiltrate the living spaces.

Solution: Identify and seal redundant air vents.

  1. Draughty Front Doors:

Front doors are a common entry point for draughts, especially if they are old or poorly maintained. Gaps around the door frame, worn-out draughtproofing, or damaged seals can contribute to heat loss.

Solution: Refurbish the existing door by replacing draughtproofing strips and addressing any gaps. This investment can significantly enhance energy efficiency and comfort.


Tackling draughtproofing challenges is essential for creating a warm and comfortable home during the winter season.

Looking at addressing issues with trickle vents, gaps around doors and windows, failing friction stays, redundant vents, and draughty front doors, homeowners in Reading can ensure their homes are well-protected against the winter chill.

Regular maintenance and proactive measures can not only enhance comfort but also contribute to energy savings and a more sustainable living environment.

Don’t forget you can find lots of DIY advice on our website or reach out for DraughtBusters free support if eligible.