Smart ways to beat winter chills
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.