Making the most out of your home’s warmth

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 5:00pm

With summer still a few months away and that chilly winter air still hanging in there, it's important to make sure that you are making the most out of your home's warmth. I mean, nobody wants to be paying those high winter power bills all through spring as well! So with spring signifying a new start, Signature Homes is here to provide you with seven helpful home heating tips to help you make a new start toward keeping your home warm and your power bills down.

HEAVY CURTAINS ARE YOUR BEST FRIENDS

Did you know that up to 40% of your home's precious heat can escape through uncovered windows in winter? That's almost half of your home's heat literally going out the window. By investing in heavy curtains, that extend below the window frame, you are helping insulate your windows, preventing the warmth from escaping.

INVEST IN INSULATION

By installing insulation, or even just topping up old and thinning insulation, you can save your home from using up to 45% less energy towards heating and cooling, dramatically reducing your power bills. New and improved insulation basically pays for itself.

SEAL AND HEAL

Random gaps and cracks around your home can account for 15-25% of the heat loss in your home. To keep your heat from creeping out through any cracks or gaps, you can seal them up using cheap materials from the local hardware store. A bit of weather stripping around doors and windows, a touch of gap filler for cracks in the walls and even the basic door snake for the foot of the door, all three of these will see heat retained more effectively in your home.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE DIAL

For most people, a comfortable room temperature is around 20C in winter, so any extra heat is simply wasting your energy. If your heater doesn't have a programmable thermostat, simply place a thermometer in your home so you can keep an eye on the temperature.

IF IT'S NOT IN USE, CLOSE IT OFF

Why bother heating up an empty room? To keep the heat exclusively in the room that you are using, keep any doors to unused rooms closed shut. This let's you control and retain the heat in areas where you want it. EMBRACE THE SUNSHINE Make the most of the sun's UV rays. Ultraviolet radiation passes easily through glass, but once it hits an object it becomes infrared radiation, which doesn't pass back through glass as easily, thus heating your room up. In order to make the most of all this free energy, you should leave your blinds and curtains open during the day. Especially on north or west facing windows, which tend to enjoy the most sunshine.

KEEP YOURSELF WARM

It's much easier to keep yourself warm, rather than heating up an entire house. You can save heaps on heating and power bills, simply by putting on a cosy jumper or some warm socks.