At The Hairy Worm, our brush draught excluder has remained one of our most popular products year in and year out, and with good reason. Learn why a brush strip door seal is the most effective type of draught excluder for many applications, and what some of the alternatives are.
The purpose of homes and other buildings is to afford those within protection, and allow us to control the immediate environment in which we live. Or at least, that’s the theory of it. In reality, it is much more difficult to exclude nature from our surroundings than you might think.
The forces of nature are constantly at work to even things out, that’s why winds blow from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure, and why ice cubes melt in the sun. It’s also the reason why, without adequate heating or air conditioning, the temperature inside your home will closely follow that outside. Central heating can make a temporary difference, but it consumes a lot of power, and when you turn it off things quickly return to how they were before.
Life Without Brush Strips
Some householders find it surprising how quickly their house cools down in the night. But remember, nature never sleeps. If one door or window is left ajar on a cold night, it can mean the temperature in the whole house has dropped significantly by morning, making life uncomfortable for the occupants. These temperature differentials cause air currents known as draughts to form, which continuously erode the environment which has been created within the home.
A traditional way to prevent draughts from sucking the warmth from a home is the use of draught excluders. These are strips of flexible material used to block the small gaps through which convection currents can pass. But some draught excluders are more effective than others. A material which is too thick will not seal the gap efficiently, while one which is too thin will allow air to pass through. Fragile fabrics also wear out quickly. The best draught excluders are made from strong, thick fibres, which are nevertheless flexible enough to fill every corner.
Life With Brush Strips
This is how the brush pile draught excluder was developed. By using tough, relatively rigid fibres similar to a paint brush, technicians at The Hairy Worm were able to create draught excluder strips which mould themselves into the cavities around doors and windows. Warm air is trapped between the fibres of the brush strip, stopping draughts in their tracks. As a result, you will be amazed how much of a difference fitting door brush strips to each entrance in your home or commercial premises will make to your heating bills.
A draught brush strip also has the inherent feature of sweeping the floor area beneath the door every time it moves. This makes it especially suitable for busy shop entrances. Alternatives to the brush seal strip are woven brush pile draught excluders, which are good for irregularly-shaped gaps, and rubber strip seals, which can be fitted anywhere water coming in is found to be a problem. Please contact us to learn more about any of these products.