Winter might only be with us officially for another month, but we all know that those chilly Melbourne days and nights can creep up on us in any season. Not only can the cold impact comfort within your home, it can also raise your utility bills as you attempt to accommodate for the chill. Here are five simple things you can do to winter-proof your home:
Getting the Central Heating Ready
Before the onset of winter, make sure to have your boiler serviced. The same should be done for your radiators, should you have them. Making sure your boiler and other aspects of your central heating are functioning well are important ways to ensure maximised comfort in the cold.
Installing In-floor Heating System
If you’re ready for a different heating mode and level of comfort, then installing an in-floor heating system in your new home might be the way to go. The system is one of the most efficient ways to heat your home, resulting in lowered energy costs. Say goodbye icy bathroom tiles and extortionate energy bills!
Insulating Floors, Walls and Ceilings
To retain the warmth within your home in winter months, it’s ideal to insulate your floors, walls and ceilings. This will also keep the heat out during summer. Doing this will reduce your heating cost and extend the life of your heaters.
Regulating Heating Using Thermostat
Unlike our bodies, the inside of our homes can’t regulate itself. Keeping your room temperature to your desired state during winter can be tricky as it requires the constant switching on and off of your heater. Using a temperature-set thermostat is a great way to control the warmth of your home and help conserve energy. You can choose the setting of the thermostat, which will control the level of heating and ultimately maintain a comfortable temperature during any weather.
Sealing Up Gaps and Cracks
Chilly air is great at finding its way through the tiniest of cracks and openings of your home. Sealing up any gaps can help to keep it out. Start by sealing your windows and front door using a rubber seal and adhesive strip. Your floors and skirting boards can also make use of this, since they’re responsible for a substantial percentage of heat loss, especially when it comes to homes with no flooring insulation. You can also decorate with rugs, carpets or blankets, which transcend aesthetic use and act as practical elements to keep in the warmth.
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