Your home is your castle and you want it to be comfortable and warm when it needs to be. However, heat loss could be costing you a fortune and also causing a lot of damage to the environment. Here are five ways to cut it down.
1, Heavy curtains will block heat from escaping through windows
Did you know that leaving your windows uncovered during the winter could cause up to 40% of the heat to escape from your home? Placing some heavy and lined curtains over your windows should provide you with some additional insulation and prevent heat from escaping through your windows. Click here to learn how to make your own lined curtains for the winter.
Improve the insulation in your home
You can reduce your heating and cooling bill almost by half if you improve the insulation in your home or replace an outdated insulation system. This means investing in better insulation will pay for itself on the long-term. One of the best ways to see the weak spots is to use thermal imaging technology to see where the largest leaks are.
Keep cold air from entering by sealing gaps and cracks
Did you know that the average Victorian home has a gap that corresponds to the surface of a 1 meter by 1.5 meter window if you were to add up every small opening? Small cracks and gap can account for anywhere between 15 and 25% of the heat loss in your home. You can use stripping around doors and windows and a door snake to get rid of some gaps that let the cold air in. All these items can be found at an affordable price at your local hardware store and are easy to install
Place some pelmets on your windows
There are invisible pelmets you can place above curtain rods or opt for boxes that cover curtain rods. Pelmets stop cold air from entering rooms. If you do not have pelmets, you can cover curtain rods and rails with plastic or with plywood to keep the heat in. You can install them behind the curtain so they are not an eyesore. You can also cover this area with a simple scarf. Look at our DIY guide to learn more.
Keep an eye on the temperature
Keep the average temperature in your home around 20ºC during the winter and keep the temperature lower in the rooms you don’t use. If there is no programmable thermostat in your home, use a thermometer to keep track of the temperature. Put a sweater on instead of turning the heat on when you feel cold!