As temperatures begin to fall, it's time to look for smart ways to stay cosy on those chilly nights in.
To help make the most of your home heating solution, Kambrook has identified the following tips to keep the whole household warm as toast.
- Cover windows with curtains to cut down heat loss by up to 50 per cent
- Open curtains on north-facing windows and doors to maximise solar warmth throughout the day
- Draught-proof under doors and around windows to retain heat using weather strips or door snakes
- Heat only the rooms required, ensuring doors and windows are closed off
- Check the home for gaps and cracks that can let cold air in
- Consider rugs and carpets to cover floorboards, concrete and tiled floors to both insulate the room and create a warmer surface underfoot. These removable floor coverings are easy to clean and store away at change of season
- Where possible, use built-in timers and variable temperature controls on portable heaters for more efficient heating
- Use a space heater to take the chill out of bedrooms before going to bed, then turn it off once you're under the covers
- Keep the dog or cat flap closed at night to avoi! d comings and goings that let in cold air
- Warm air rises while cold air sinks, so it's worth considering quality insulation products for the wall cavities and roofs, particularly in large dwellings or homes with an attic.
- It's important to remember that not all heaters are equal. Here is a quick summary of the most common varieties to help find the right type of heater this season:
- Ceramic heaters are ideal for small to mid-size living areas, such as bedrooms
- Portable and affordable, fan heaters are great for personal heating in smaller spaces such as studies
- As one of the more versatile options, oil heaters are great for all sized, closed living areas
- Radiant heaters offer instant, personal heat and are ideal for use in larger open plan spaces
- Convection heaters offer comfort for mid-sized living areas.
For more, visit www.kambrook.com.au or call 1300 139 798.