With winter upon us, Australians are becoming more conscious of conserving additional home energy heating costs. Experts in energy-saving windows, Viridian, shares their 7 essential tips for heating your home this winter.
1) Choose energy-efficient glass
Energy efficient glass is playing an increasingly important role in preserving homeowners' energy costs. Ordinary windows can act as an energy leak. A typical, adequately-insulated building that uses ordinary glass can lose up to 49% of heat through the windows in winter.
Energy efficient windows mean less reliance on artificial heating and cooling which reduces energy bills and creates a healthier and more comfortable living environment. Visit www.smartglass.com.au for more information about Viridian's energy-saving SmartGlass range.
2) Add insulation
Ensure your home is adequately insulated. Homes lose their heat first through the ceilings, then walls and lastly the floor. So ensure ceilings are insulated first, as this will have the most noticeable effect on energy savings and internal warmth.
3) Eliminate drafts
Ensure windows throughout the home are properly latched. Make sure any drafty windows, doors and gaps are fixed with new seals. Only heat the living areas you use and close doors to rooms that are not being used as this limits the amount of air escaping into unused areas. Also block off any unused fire places to prevent warm air escaping.
4) Increase ventilation
If you have ceiling fans, utilize them to circulate heat in your home. Switch fans to their winter setting, this runs them in reverse which pushes warm air back down into the room.
5) Clean the air-con
Ensure all air-conditioning vents and filters are clean and not obstructed. If there is something covering the vents, warm air will not flow through them as easily. Similarly, if your filter is dirty, warm air will get trapped in the filter instead of circulating through the home.
6) Cover the floors
Ensure your home has adequate floor coverings such as carpets and rugs to prevent warm air escaping and cold air to seep in. Woolly carpets or rugs are the best to use to ensure your home is kept warm in colder temperatures.
7) Capitalise on window orientation
Achieving a thermally efficient house in a new home building can be helped by orientating your house north where possible, and locating and choosing energy efficient windows to exploit heat from the winter sun.
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