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On 17 Nov 2011 at 10:57am Chilly wrote:
We‚??ve got a really nice old Victorian style wooden front door with leaded light windows surrounding it. Whilst it all looks nice, it‚??s freezing in the hall as although it has been draft-proofed it offers hardly any insulation. We don‚??t want to change to a plastic modern door. Is there any decent solution or do I just have to put up with it?
On 17 Nov 2011 at 11:15am someone else wrote:
Make sure the letterbox and bottom of the door leaf are draft proofed (those are the areas that seem to get missed), then get an old heavy lined curtain and just hook it up across the door at night. We do that, and it does make a huge difference to the house in the morning.
On 17 Nov 2011 at 11:23am Coop wrote:
Have you tried closing the door?
On 17 Nov 2011 at 4:26pm bastian wrote:
put a curtain up over it
On 17 Nov 2011 at 5:42pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
A curtain will sort it, for sure, the thicker and heavier the better. You can get special curtain poles for doors that are only attached at one end and hinged so that the curtain moves when you open the door.
I stayed in a cottage with a draughty door last autumn, and I couldn't believe the difference it made when the curtain was drawn.
On 17 Nov 2011 at 9:59pm ADT wrote:
In a slightly different but similar vein, anyone else live in one of these Victorian gaffs where you supposedly can't cavity wall insulate the walls?
I saw a lady on the Beeb's website put a 10cm bit of foam on the INSIDE of their place... in most Lewes houses that would mean you wouldn't be able to stretch out and yawn successfully.
On 18 Nov 2011 at 7:58am Silly Billy wrote:
There`s no place like foam.
On 18 Nov 2011 at 9:13pm Chilly wrote:
Thanks for your advice, very helpful.
On 18 Nov 2011 at 9:30pm SHS wrote:
ACT, you surely win the award for the most sensible, practical and effective answer of the year on this forum. I jest not.
On 22 Nov 2011 at 12:52pm Serf Ayor wrote:
You could put a layer of insulation on the inside of the door - ugly, but warm. Or upgrade your door to one with better thermal performance but made of wood.
Insulating solid walls internally is feasible (remember loss of space and need to redecorate etc) but you will need Building Regs Approval (and maybe Planning if Listed).
The wife is a Surveyor - she still comes across houses with little or no roof insulation. How can this be? You can get it done for peanuts (ask LDC about grants or Insulation companies will apply for you) so there is no excuse to have all your expensive energy warming the neighbourhood.
Get an EPC done for about 50 quid (google Barry Taplin in Plumpton) and see what can be done to make you warmer and save you money.

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