You shouldn’t have to wear three jumpers, trackies, a dressing gown and ugg boots just to stop yourself from freezing while moving from room to room! There are a number of things you can do to keep warm air in and the cool air outside—where it belongs. From better insulation in your roof to sealing all the cracks and crevices, we’ve got a few hacks to warm up your home this winter.
Curtains are key
When it comes to keeping your home warm in winter, keeping the heat in is vital! Exposed windows are responsible for up to 40 per cent of heat escaping throughout your home. Make sure your window frames are fitted with thick, full-length curtains which cover your window from top to bottom!
You can also lose heat through your walls and roof. If you want to save money on energy bills year-round, you should consider investing in insulation. A well-insulated house can save up to 45 per cent in energy bills over a year!
Seal your gaps
While a little gap or crack in your home may not seem like a big deal, if you were to add all of the cracks throughout the house together, it would be the equivalent of a 1-metre high window open all day. Be sure to seal any cracks in your home with a sealant (caulk) and cover the bottom of your doors with a draught stopper.
Shut your doors
What’s the use of warming up a room if you’re not going to be in it? If you’re going to run the heater, be sure to close off any rooms that are not in use. This will help keep your living space warmer for longer, without wasting energy on empty rooms.
Let it shine
The UV radiation in sunlight passes through your windows, hitting objects in your house and warming them up. If you want to get the most out of this natural energy source, keep your blinds open during the day and then close your blinds after sunset to trap the heat.
If you want your heater to run at maximum efficiency, it’s a good idea to get it serviced from time to time. This will not only help warm your home more efficiently, but will save on energy bills. Click here to find a local air-conditioning maintenance expert near you.
While these hacks will help warm your home in winter, on those particularly frosty nights nothing beats cranking the heater for half an hour or so. If you’re looking for a heating solution, we suggest opting for reverse cycle air-conditioning. This will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.