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Draught Sealing Consultation (Level 1)

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Did you know that Air leakage (draughts) can account for 15 to 25 per cent of winter heat loss in buildings?

Draught proofing is one of the cheapest and most efficient ways to save energy in any type of building, from a flat to a mansion – but it’s often overlooked.

Draughts occur when warm air rises and is replaced by cooler air entering through cracks and gaps in your home. Living in a home that is not draught proof is why we spend huge sums of money on heating and are still cold in winter.

All homes leak air. Even with all the windows and doors closed, outside air will still enter your home, circulate and leave by another path. We need to seal our homes tightly and you need to control ventilation so it occurs when and where you want it. Note that every home must have air changes otherwise our homes would become stale, mouldy and result in poor air quality - but this should be in your control.(More info below)

Draught Proofing Consultation

The consulation takes around 1 to 2 hours and identifies air leakage sources in your home.

Your report will list these sources, their solutions and the costs with having retrofit work carried out. We will also take a look at your ceiling insulation at the same time with a brief report as draughting undermines the effectiveness of your insulation.  

If your happy carrying out simple DIY tasks, then you can use the report and seal those draughts yourself.  Note that some draught sealing may require a professional.

If you would like someone to do the draught proofing for you Ecomad offers a building sealing service.  If your insulation needs attention, consider having this looked at in conjunction with draught proofing.

Ecomad offer supply and install of insulation.

Consider a Home Energy Assessment to find out more on how you can reduce your energy bills and become more sustainalbe.

Consultation:    From $295*
Home Energy Assessment:   + $195

* Travel charges may apply.
* For homes up to 20 squares (185m2)
* For homes 20 - 30 squares (185-275m2) - $395 (incl GST)
* Homes > 30 squares please contact us
* Any time over 1 hour on site will be charged $60 plus GST per hour.
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Draught Proofing Consultation with Air Leakage (Blower door) Test

A more comprehensive audit of your buildings air leakage includes our standard Draught Proofing Consulation combined with a blower door test.  The consulation takes around 2 to 3 hours.

If Ecomad are used to seal draughts in your home, then a blower door test will be also be conducted after completion of the service.  If you seal your house based on our report and would like another blower door test to determine how well your sealing job has been, the cost is for a re-test and basic report only.  (Please contact us for pricing).

Remember that paybacks are short for draught sealing. 

After the initial blower door test, there may be time for Ecomad to provide a draught sealing service.  This can be arranged on the day and you can choose what you would like done - full or partial sealing. When making your booking, please indicate if you may or may not require this service.  The building sealing service is subject to time (other jobs), and materials on hand.  Costs will be provided to you prior to commencement of work.    

Consultation & Blower Door Test:    From $650*
Home Energy Assessment:   + $195

* For homes up to 20 squares (185m2)
* For homes 20 - 30 squares (185-275m2) - $795 (incl GST) +
* Homes > 30 squares please contact us
* Any time over 1 hour on site will be charged $60 plus GST per hour.
* Travel charges may apply.
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Common leaks include exhaust fans, wall vents, downlights, doors, windows, chimneys and evaporative coolers (without dampers). There are usually cracks around doors, windows, skirting boards, cornices and floorboards and you need to watch out for gaps around internal doors to heated areas and ventilated rooms such as bathrooms or toilets.

Most people can seal the majority of leaks by themselves for very little money.  Our consultation will show you how and products can be purchased from Ecomad or hardware stores which sell a wide range of draught-excluders, weather-strips, caulking compounds and fillers.  Fixing draughts is the cheapest and easiest way to save energy in your home and the paybacks are short.  For best results, our comprehensive draught proofing consultation and a retrofitting service will still have short payback periods.  And besides, what price can you put on comfort?

Part of our draught proofing service involves an inspection of your ceiling insulation (if required).  Uncontrolled draughts will reduce the effectiveness of your home's insulation.  Combined, draught proofing and ceiling insulation will make a huge impact on your energy bills and importantly - your comfort.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long will a draught proofing consultation take?

    This can take between 1 to 2 hours to complete depending on the size of your home.  We discuss the draught sources found with you as we go, and your report will reinforce this.

  • How long will a draught proofing consultation with blower door test take?

    This can take between 2 to 3 hours to complete depending on the size of your home.  The blower door test adds approximately 1 hour to the standard draught proofing consulation.

  • Can I draught proof my home myself?

    Usually, yes – if you’re happy carrying out simple DIY tasks, draught proofing will be no problem. However, some types of draught proofing may require a tradesperson to complete the job.
  • How much does draught proofing cost?

    Solutions can range from low cost DIY draught proofing to more expensive ones involving blower door testing and labour.  Whichever way you choose, the payback periods are short, but the benefits will be there for a long time.  Prices could range from $100 to $1500 depending on requirements.

  • Do you have more details on draught sources?

    YES - the diagram below will give you a clear picture where many draughts sources in the home are located.

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    Do you have more details on draught sources?
  • Can I add a Home Energy Assessment for a more comprehensive audit?

    Yes of course.  It will need to be booked at the same time as our draughtproofng consulation.  Combining will cover draughts, insulation, your energy use, water use, recycling and even garden if your interested.