Smart ways to beat win­ter chills

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - JONNY PARKER

The au­tum­nal equinox has been and gone. The days are now shorter than the nights, which means that win­ter is on its way.

It hap­pens ev­ery year, but we’re never quite ready for it.

Here are my best tips for get­ting your house ready for the cold, wet months ahead.

In­stall draught seals around your win­dows and doors. It goes a long way. V Seal is one of the bet­ter types of seal for most sit­u­a­tions be­cause it’s good for tight gaps.

Close your cur­tains at night. If you don’t have cur­tains yet, get floor length cur­tains that have lay­ers to trap in air. Trapped air works as in­su­la­tion and helps re­duce heat loss.

Check your in­su­la­tion. Ide­ally in­su­la­tion should be well over 120mm thick to work prop­erly. Con­tact an in­su­la­tion provider for a free as­sess­ment. It’s re­ally im­por­tant stuff.

In­stall win­dow in­su­la­tion film. It’s a cheap and very ef­fec­tive way to cre­ate in­stant dou­ble glaz­ing be­cause it traps air around the glass. Great if you have wooden frames.

Get a ther­mome­ter/ hu­mid­ity mon­i­tor. They are $10 on Trade Me and are im­por­tant to stay­ing healthy. Get one in each room and aim for 18C or higher temp with a rel­a­tive hu­mid­ity of 50 per cent.

Run your heat­ing when you’re cold. I know it’s ob­vi­ous, but we can be some­times too tight on the heat­ing and al­low our­selves to get sick. Wear­ing warm clothes is hon­ourable, but breath­ing warmer dryer air will help to avoid chest com­plaints and colds.

Don’t throw your sum­mer camp­ing sports gear on top of the in­su­la­tion. If in­su­la­tion is squashed it won’t work. In­stall a raised stor­age plat­form for your sum­mer gear. Stor­age stilts are a good idea.

Check your heat­ing sys­tem. If you have a heat pump, re­move the fil­ters and vac­uum them out. Heat pumps can’t heat if the air is blocked. Move fur­ni­ture if needed to op­ti­mise the heat from your heat­ing source.

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