Keep your house warm during winter
Cooler months mean our homes can get chilly and damp so we’ve put together a few tips to keep your family warm and dry this winter.
Brrrrrr … does it sometimes feel like your home’s colder inside than it is outside? The reality is, many Kiwi homes are far from being warm and cosy in the cooler months. Sure, we don’t get the temperature extremes other countries experience, but it does get chilly, and our homes can be really cold and damp.
It’s not fun, or healthy, so we’ve put together a few tips to keep your family warm and dry this winter.
We spend a lot of money in winter warming up our homes, but insulation is often overlooked. Heat rises, so your roof is the best place to start with insulation, but you should also consider:
- Flooring - dampness can enter from under your house, and heat can escape down there too. Insulating under your house will keep your home warmer and drier. If you have wooden floorboards, consider adding a rug for extra warmth.
- Walls - it’s often harder to insulate the walls of an existing home, but it’s worth checking if yours are insulated. If not, consider adding it to the to-do list for any future renovations.
Hot water cylinder
Heating your water is one of the biggest expenses so make sure you trap the warmth in your cylinder. You can buy wraps at most hardware stores.
Heat loves to escape through windows, but it’s easy to reduce how much gets through:
- Curtains - get them nice and thick, and close them when the sun starts to set. The idea is that the sun streams in during the day, and then you trap the warmth in. ‘Thermal curtains’ are the best at keeping heat in.
- Seal any gaps - some older homes might have a gap between the window and its frame. You can buy tape and fillers at hardware stores to seal those gaps.
- Double glaze - not only will this reduce outside noise, it’ll keep your home warmer. As this option can be hard on the wallet, a window film may be a more cost effective insulation option.
You might find once you’ve stopped heat escaping, you still need more to make your home comfortable and warm. The type of heating you use will depend on the size of the area you want to heat, the running cost and its impact on the environment.
Gen Less have put together a great pros and cons list of the different types of heating options – be sure to check it out.
Still not sure which heater you need? Whichever option you choose, remember to be fire wise:
- Use a screen on open fires (and never leave them unattended).
- Don’t hang clothes on or near your heater.
- Don’t overload your powerpoints or multiboards.
The great thing about these tips is putting them into practice won’t just make your home warmer in winter, it’ll make for more comfortable living all year round.