How to reduce home heat loss
Follow these tips from Mitre 10 Easy As for a warm, dry home this winter.
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.
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 mitre10.co.nz/easyas or head into your local Mitre 10 store for advice.