The heating of homes accounts for 70% of household energy consumption. Fortunately, you can cut your energy bills without sacrificing that cosy warmth you’ll cherish during the winter! Here at Home Vision Blinds, we’re keen to recommend some effective home improvement tips to keep the winter chill outside where it belongs.
Continue reading to learn how your window blinds can keep the heat in, along with other useful tips to keep your home cosy this winter.
The sun’s radiant heat is free, so make the most of it! Raise your roller blinds and let the sunlight in during the day, then lower them when they no longer face the sun. They’ll trap a layer of air between the blind and the glass, which helps to insulate the room. Roller blinds are the ideal choice for this because they offer a solid barrier to keep that layer of insulating air in place.
Roller blinds are easy to use, cost-effective, stylish, and, best of all, very low maintenance! At Home Vision Blinds, we offer a wide range of textures and colours and three types of fabric choices, and all have the option of child-safety chain stabilisers.
Open kitchen windows to ventilate when you cook and bathroom windows when you shower or bathe to let steam out. Occasionally opening windows in each room, even in winter, will help you control the humidity and air quality in your home, which are important factors when keeping your home healthy and comfortable.
Try to maintain a temperature between 18 and 21 degrees, especially if you have babies and young children or older people living in your house. As much as 20% of your home’s heat can escape through draughts, so block up unused chimneys and seal gaps around doors and windows.
Try not to dry clothes indoors, as this creates humidity. Drying outside is not only free, but the sunlight also kills bacteria, making your clothing less of a health risk for you and your family. You can use a covered deck if it is raining. If you must use a clothes dryer, make sure your clothes are properly spun first and leave windows open or extractor fans on while in use.
Insulation is all about maintaining an even temperature throughout your home. During winter, insulation stops the heat from escaping, and in summer it stops the heat coming in. We spend a lot of money in winter to warm our homes, but insulation is often overlooked.
Heat rises, so your roof is the best place to start with insulation, but you should also consider the flooring. Cool, damp air can leak into your home from underneath, especially in homes with crawl space foundations. You can also consider a rug if your hardwood or tile flooring is cold on your feet.
he Government offers Funding for heaters and insulation in various parts of New Zealand to help homeowners and landlords pay for insulation, draught stoppage, and hot water cylinder wraps. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity if you qualify!
Our friendly, experienced team is happy to advise you on your window solution and fittings that suit your situation, so book an appointment with our passionate and experienced consultants today!