Wise winter warming
Nothing beats being cosy at home on a cold winter’s night when the wind’s howling, the rain’s pouring and the mercury plummets.
But keeping warm and toasty inside doesn’t mean racking up huge power bills.
According to the Australian Master Builders Association a well-designed home not only reduces power bills and allows you to stay warm in winter, it also helps keep you cooler in summer.
Design tips include:
- Tiles for thermal massing which means the day heat is absorbed then released at night for warmth. (In summer, when the sun’s higher, the tiles don’t get hot in the day)
- North-facing windows so the house is light and warms naturally
- Adequate insulation in walls and the roof and also for water pipes to help save on heating costs
- Ensuring doors, windows, skylights and chimneys are well sealed and use door stops to prevent drafts
- Consider using glazing on windows to retain warmth in winter and help reduce heat in summer
- Don’t forget now is the time to repair a leaking roof or blocked down pipes.
Also, in cyclone prone areas in northern Australia and storm areas in the southern parts, it’s also time for home owners to secure outdoor furniture.
Chairs for example can become dangerous air borne missiles in extreme weather conditions.