Homes in New Zealand are known for being cold as well for their poor insulation. We will take a look at some simple ways that you can keep your home drier and warmer this winter to help you to save some money this winter.
Make sure that drafts are kept at bay by not allowing cold air to get in through any windows, fireplaces or doors. Additionally, this will reduce the cost of your heating bills as your home will heat better. If your windows or doors are in need of updating then search for a NZ commercial glass company who can advise of the best options related to insulation as well as the latest technology in glass.
During the daytime make sure that you open your curtains as your windows let in the heat. Before the sun sets, close your curtains as this prevents the cold from getting in.
Take a look at whether your home is insulated and if it is not then you may be eligible for free home insulation installation. Some local councils have schemes whereby free or funded insulation is available for those who qualify. If you need a new carpet, rather than carpet cleaning, invest in a new carpet and go for a wool, wool blend, a quality nylon or a corn fibre carpet. Insulation paint is another option to consider and companies such as Master Painters could point you in the right direction.
Make sure that each day you open your windows as this helps to keep your property dry and therefore it is easier to heat and reduces the cost of heating your home. Let out steam from the bathroom when you bath or shower and open windows in your kitchen when you cook. If you have any extractor fans then make sure that you use them too to get rid of any excess steam which has built up. If you don’t already have options like this, make sure to visit your local Tauranga kitchen shop to look at installation options.
As for condensation, make sure that you wipe it off any walls and from the inside of any windows, as condensation can leave your home feeling damp which can result in the growth of mould. When it comes to drying clothes, do this outside to once again reduce any condensation. If you dry your clothes in a garage then remember to ventilate the garage to prevent damp or mould related issues.
If you have any growth of mould then this could be affecting the health of your family. Mould likes to grow in damp or wet places. Each week wash away any mould using a solution of white vinegar or bleach, however, do not mix these 2 products together.
- Take a litre of water, add 2 tsp of bleach.
- Place this solution into a spray bottle which is clean. Use this solution by spraying it straight on to the mould.
- If your mould is growing in a difficult spot then put the solution on a cloth or on an old toothbrush and clean it this way.
- Leave the solution on for at least fifteen minutes and then wipe it away with a cloth or sponge and with some soppy water which is warm.
- To stop the mould from spreading be sure to rise the sponge thoroughly.
- Finally, make sure that you dry the cloth or sponge outdoors.
If you decide to use white vinegar instead of bleach then do not add any water and follow the steps from 2 – 6.
Although wooden floors look great, they do let heat escape. If you have any wooden floors then it is worth putting down a rug and making sure that any gaps are covered up. Consider also contacting a flooring company in Waikato, for example, to see what else can be done to warm up your floors.
It may feel great to have your sofas or Auckland beds in front of a radiator but you are soaking up heat which could be better used for warming up your house. When you move furniture away from your radiators, the heat can freely circulate the room. The same applies to curtains or wet clothes, keep these away from your radiators so that your home gets the heat.
Furniture reupholstery in Auckland could also be a way of keeping warm, especially if you have a leather sofa as you could change this to warmer material such as chenille or wool. Before you reupholster your furniture, it is worth getting an upholstery cleaning Wellington company in to get your furniture cleaned to a good standard so that it is ready to be reupholstered.
If you have a hot water tank then make sure it is insulated properly. This way, the water that has been heated will stay warmer for longer and your heating bills will reduce. It is believed that insulating a water tank can save over $100 a year.
If you have a boiler that is more than ten years old then it may be worth considering replacing it with a new more efficient model. Contact your local Tauranga plumbers for a quotation on a new boiler as a new boiler uses less energy to produce the same amount of heat and this way there is also less chance of having heating issues over the winter period.
It is worth programming your heating system so that it comes on half an hour before you wake and at a lower temperature as this is cheaper than turning it on when you wake up as you will then turn it on at a higher temperature.
So, as you can see we have provided you with a few easy ways that you can keep your home warm this winter. A few simple changes will make all the difference and help you to save both energy and money this winter.