Winter brings sweet relief from the sweltering summer fever. However, there comes a point when the cold is too much as well and the body just craves heat. Here are some tips on how to protect your abode from the winter cold.
Keeping the home warm uses a lot of energy and may take up to about 42% or more of the utility expenses. So, it is highly recommended that when making home design plans, always go for options that are optimal in the long run. For instance, a cheaper heater may take longer to heat the room and also may break down frequently as compared to a branded heater.
These are items that may seem costly point blank but will prove to save money in the long run:
A boiler is a vessel in which fluids are vaporized and heated. The heat generated through this process is then used in various applications including power generation, sanitation, water heating, cooking, and central heating.
Combination boilers are very popularly used in homes due to their duality: controlling both the central heating system and the hot water.
To make sure that your home is being heated efficiently, consider getting an annual boiler service that will keep it well-maintained and regularly upgraded. Always see to it that the boiler functions properly reducing energy consumption. Therefore, helping you save money.
Doors, windows, vents, stovetops, and furnaces are common places where hot air may escape and cold air may enter. There are many ways to draught-proof your home, such as caulking and weather stripping. Seal the spaces using the method which best suits your building. Remember though, before going forward with dealing with air leaks, ensure that the ventilation is up to par in maintaining adequate air quality inside the residence.
Solar energy has gained much popularity due to its sustainability and cost-effectiveness. Passive solar heating is an emerging trend these days. Traditional models of solar structures are solariums, sunrooms, and greenhouses, which consider the sun as the primary source of heat. As the heat gets collected, storage containers are then used as heat storage during the day to release it at night. Applying this in homes may reduce heating expenses by half as opposed to heating the same buildings the traditional way.
Install insulation during construction. It’s the best timing because it can act as a barrier preventing both heat loss and passage of cold. So, insulation hits two birds in one stone. It keeps your house warm during winter, and it also keeps it cool during summer. After construction, suspended floors and accessible ceilings become easier to insulate. If there is no access under-floor, boards may be laid underneath the floor before a final finish. Adding insulation to an existing structure depends on the cost and effectiveness but it will increase the household’s comfort during the cold months and will reduce energy costs. Nowadays, house builders in Melbourne as well as across Australia are incorporating insulation in their property constructions since it is in high demand from real estate buyers.
Chimneys and Fireplaces
Just like boilers, there are many types of chimneys. It is a matter of choosing what sufficiently fits the place and considering how it will cater to the family’s needs. Aside from the aesthetic it brings, a fireplace or hearth provides a corner where the family can sit together, adding not only heat but also actual, heartfelt warmth, and character to the home.
Simple changes in the household, like its tenants’ daily routines, could also boost the temperature in a residence. Here are some examples:
- Keeping the door open when taking a shower lets the steam through the house. Following the same concept is leaving the oven door ajar after baking to help the heat escape into the home.
- Rearranging furniture to guarantee heat is distributed evenly within the area. Ensuring that no appliance is blocking any vent or heat source, to allow better airflow around the house.
- When a household owns a ceiling fan, the room is kept cool by entrapping hot air up the ceiling. Reversing the process, meaning reversing how the very fan rotates, will force the warm air to stay away from the ceiling, another way of reducing costs.
Much like protecting oneself from the cold by wearing thicker clothes, homes may be equipped with accessories to safeguard them from the harsh winter chill. Here are simple home additions that can be helpful:
- Switch from the light summer curtains to heavier, more durable drapes. Remember to part the curtains in the morning to let the heat of the sun in then close it just before the sun sets to prevent the cold night wind from coming in.
- Lay down some rugs. It will not only keep the feet tepid but will also provide added floor insulation. Seal some potential draughts between floorboards.
- Scatter throws and blankets all over the place. A little fluff will add coziness to the room and will be readily available for a sudden chill.
Finally, throughout the cold months, spend time with the family. Body activities and metabolism naturally produce thermal energy. Achieve body heat through bonding, cuddling, sitting all together, and skin-to-skin contact. Moreover, researchers have affirmed that hugs cause the brain to secrete several hormones that are beneficial to our well-being including endorphins, dopamine, and oxytocin, to name a few. So, go ahead, get the snuggles in and do a family group hug. Indulge in the benefits of an embrace and let it keep the body comfortable and warm, and the soul cool and calm.