The 5 best ways to prep your home for winter
Winter is coming! But not to worry, we’re here with the 5 best ways to prepare your home for a nice warm winter so all you need to look forward to is cosy blankets, slippers and hot toddys on the couch!
Give your heat source a helping hand
No matter how you heat your home, make sure you get the most from it by doing simple things like closing off rooms you don’t need to heat and blocking draughts coming under doors. And you’d be amazed how effective using fans are to circulate warm air.
Improving levels of insulation is a surefire way to make your home warmer and more energy efficient. Prioritise improving your ceiling insulation, it’s reasonably cheap and easy to install.
Make sure your home is dry
A damp home is hard to heat and simply ‘living’ creates a lot of moisture every day. Here’s how to dry it out and/or help prevent moisture build up:
- Home ventilation system
- Crack (north facing) windows during the day for airflow
- Get a dehumidifier
- Extractor fan in the bathroom
- Vent clothes dryer outside
- Rangehood in the kitchen and use lids on pots and pans
Curtains and blinds
Glass is such a poor insulator that windows tend to be the main source of heat loss in any home. A key way to reduce heat loss out the windows is by having quality curtains and blinds. According to Energywise they can “reduce heat loss through windows by 60% for single glazed windows, and 40-50% for double glazing.”
A thick, closely woven fabric offers the best insulation but it’s not essential and may not be what you want for an all-season look. At least make sure curtains and blinds have a thermal lining.
Ensure a snug fit on both sides of the window and at the top of the curtain or blind to stop warm air sneaking down behind it. And when possible, it’s best to have curtains that touch the floor or break at the floor. This leaves no gaps for cold air to get under.
Having a pelmet above the curtain rail creates a pocket of air (similar to how double glazing works), which helps to reduce heat loss. Or use curtain tracks that curve at the end and bring the curtain into direct contact with the wall to create a seal
Make sure you keep curtains and blinds open during the day to let in any sun and close them as soon as it goes down to keep in any warmth.
Service or upgrade your heat pump
Heat pumps are the most cost-effective heating source to run with every kilowatt of power in getting you 3 to 4kW out! But they need to be kept in good condition to keep performing year after year. It’s commonly recommended you have your heat pump serviced every 12 months. We are authorised service agents for Daikin, Mitsubishi Electric, Panasonic and Fujitsu heat pumps. Our thorough service includes:
- Clean and disinfect the systems' coils
- Clean and disinfect drain pipes and condensate pumps if fitted
- Clean air filters
- Check the electrical circuit for the system
- Check for any refrigerant gas leaks
- Check the systems fault diagnostics
- Check temperature readings
- Check the systems general operation
- Check noise levels
- Instruct in any operation and maintenance requirements if necessary
Or it could be time to upgrade to a new heat pump, in which case, check out our latest trade-in deal on Daikin heat pumps.