How to re­duce home heat loss

Fol­low th­ese tips from Mitre 10 Easy As for a warm, dry home this win­ter.

The Tribune (NZ) - - COMMENT -

M ost of a home’s heat es­capes through the win­dows and doors. By get­ting rid of draughts and pre­vent­ing heat loss, you will save on heat­ing costs and it will be bet­ter for your health.

Hot wa­ter cylin­ders wrap and wa­ter pipes

In­su­lat­ing wa­ter pipes and cylin­ders help pre­vent heat loss and is a great way to warm up the home and pre­vent en­ergy be­ing wasted. Ex­posed wa­ter pipes can be wrapped in foam lag­ging - sim­ply cut the foam to length and slip them over the pipes. If you are won­der­ing whether your hot wa­ter cylin­der is run­ning ef­fi­ciently it should be cool to the touch; if it is warm it might need re­plac­ing. In the mean­time, sim­ply wrap in­su­la­tion - foil side out - around the cylin­der us­ing foil tape to se­cure. Re­mem­ber - don’t wrap gas hot wa­ter cylin­ders.

Weather strips

A cost-ef­fec­tive way to elim­i­nate draughts and noise around win­dows and doors. Sim­ply ap­ply weather strips to clean door or win­dow jambs. Stick the seal to the flat part of the jamb, so the back edge of the door closes firmly onto it. When ap­ply­ing hor­i­zon­tally, stick the seal to the re­bate on the jamb.

Seal­ing ex­te­rior gaps

Gaps around the ex­te­rior of houses are com­mon. The big­gest cul­prit is of­ten from be­tween the scriber and the weath­er­boards. Heat lost through th­ese gaps adds up, but is eas­ily fixed with a lit­tle bit of sil­i­cone. Clean the area and ap­ply mask­ing tape 3mm away from ei­ther side of the gap to keep a clean line. Start­ing from the top, ap­ply sil­i­cone over the gap, us­ing a sil­i­cone ap­pli­ca­tor to force it into the gap. The only thing you’ll no­tice when fin­ished is a warmer house.

Tem­po­rary win­dow in­su­la­tion

Dou­ble glaz­ing is some­thing that many New Zealand homes lack, but goes a long way in keep­ing in the warmth. Un­for­tu­nately retrofitting can be costly. If you’re af­ter the ben­e­fits with­out the cost try win­dow film as a tem­po­rary, easy-to-in­stall al­ter­na­tive. Place dou­ble-sided tape around the win­dow on the sash, then mea­sure your win­dow and add 25mm to both mea­sure­ments. Cut the win­dow in­su­la­tion film to size and ap­ply the film across the win­dow to the dou­ble-sided tape. Fi­nally, blow with a hair drier un­til the film is taut.

Door brush strips

Gaps un­der ex­te­rior doors can let in draughts and ef­fect the heat re­ten­tion of a home. It is eas­ily fixed with a weather stop door seal. A door brush strip is eas­ily screwed on to the bot­tom of the door and cov­ers any gap be­tween the door sill and the door. For a full down­load­able guide and video on how to re­duce heat loss in your home visit or head into your lo­cal Mitre 10 store for ad­vice.

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