Tips to keep your house warm.

Have you installed glass insulation?
Window Insulation Film is a good, easy and cheap investment to have for keeping your home warm. Besides, it also enables you to keep you energy costs low, block out heat and glare, reduce furniture fading, enhance the appearance of your home, and increase your home privacy.
Here are a couple of window film simulators you can experiment with to help you visualise and decide on the right one for your home.

Once decided, request for a quote from us and we will be happy to assist!

Got your windows insulated?
Try out these tips to further improve on keeping your house warm and cozy.

1.Reduce heat lost

  • Curtains:
    The thicker the better! Install curtains with thermal linings that cover all sides and drape all the way down to the ground. According to Energywise, this will help reduce heat lose by 60% for single glazed windows and by 40-50% for double glazed windows. A good tip is to only open your curtains during the day and allow sunlight to enter and heat up your home naturally, while keeping it shut during the cold nights to prevent heat from escaping your home. Besides, keep your bushes and trees trimmed, so it does not block the window from the sunlight.
  • Close your doors:
    If you are only occupying a room, close all the other doors in your home to prevent the heat you have generated from travelling away into unwanted places. Vice versa, it will prevent cold air from filling up your heated room.
  • Border up your chimney when not in-use:
    A large amount of heat can travel out of the chimney; therefore it is best to keep it shut when not in-use. Besides keeping your chimney flue and draft closed, a trick is to crunch up old newspapers and fill them into a plastic bag like a balloon. Then proceed to insert them up the chimney. However it is important to let everyone know not to light up the fireplace until the bag is removed.
  • Ventilation fan:
    Another way for air cold air to travel in is through your ventilation fans, such as the ones from your bathroom and kitchen. It is good practice to use the baffles or drafts to prevent them from entering.
  • Watch out for draughts:
    Seal up the walls, window and door frames where you feel drafts of wind breezing in. View the video by Mitre 10 below for easy tips on how to DIY patching up the gaps in your home.

 

 

2. Improve your house insulation

  • External pipe insulation:
    Heat may be lost through external hot water pipes too. One method to reduce heat lost is to wrap the pipes with foam leggings. It is also good practice to wrap up your hot water radiators and duct heaters to prevent heat from travelling to unwanted places. To learn how to do these, check out the last section of the Mitre 10 video above.
  • Cover up your floors and walls:
    Other than having your bare floors carpeted or insulated, you can consider placing rugs to prevent cold from radiating up your floor and freezing up your feet. You can also do the same to your walls by hanging up rugs or blankets over them.
  • Check ceiling and underfloor insulation:
    Another way for large amount of heat to travel out from your home is from poor roof, attic and underfloor insulation. According to Auckland Council, with good ceiling and underfloor insulation, you can reduce heat from escaping by 50%. Therefore you should check and be up to date with the quality of your home insulation.
  • Clean your filter:
    Heat pumps are great energy saving and efficient way to keep your house warm. Check your filters regularly to ensure it maintains its efficiency. You can easily clear out any dusts or dirt by using a vacuum cleaner.

 

3. Control your heat

  • Smart home:
    If you have a central heating home system installed, consider using smart home. With modern technology, you can conveniently manage your home energy, such as controlling when you want the heaters to be turned on and off, or the temperature of your home, right from your phone. A tip by the World Health Organisation to reduce your chances of falling ill is to keep the temperature between 18 °C to 21°C. To learn more about smart home, check out the Top 10 benefits of a smart home.
  • Set a timer for your central heating or heaters:
    If smart home is not for you, you may consider to manually setting the timer instead.
  • Clear your radiators:
    Remove furniture such as couches away from the radiator as it will block the heat from circulating throughout your home.

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