4 Important Winter Window Tips
As the colder weather approaches we thought we would let you know 4 tips to keep your home warm and healthy this winter!
Use the Sun
No matter the orientation of your windows and doors utilise the sun coming through them! It may be eastern sun in the morning or western sun in the afternoon, but open those window dressings and let the sun do its work and heat up your home.
You can also utilise areas of ‘thermal mass’ in your home. Concrete tiles or brick walls can absorb the suns heat and slowly releases it back! The lower winter rays can penetrate these areas through north-facing glass and help you heat your home for longer.
Curtains and Blinds
Curtains and blinds can provide assistance in keeping the warm in and the cold out throughout winter. Well-fitted curtains that touch the floor can provide an excellent barrier to stop cold air entering and warm air escaping. Double layers will assist this even further. Pelmet’s can also stop the hot rising air from escaping. This can also aid you in summer to keep hot air out!
Condensation on windows occurs when the surface temperature of the window is low and the interior of the room is warm and has high relative humidity. This makes it much more common in winter. Condensation isn’t caused by the window system itself, but rather by the humidity caused by lack of ventilation in the room.
Condensation can cause damage including wallpaper peeling, moisture patches on walls and in some cases even streaming windows. If left untreated, condensation can lead to mould growth, which can be potentially harmful and lead to health issues.
Steps to prevent condensation:
• Vent clothes dryers to the outdoors where possible. Moisture being removed from clothes can flow into the rest of the house. Alternatively keep windows and doors open during the cycle.
• Use bathroom exhaust fans during and after showers and baths, and ensure they are vented externally and not just into your roof cavity.
• Turn the heating down.
• Open windows and ventilate for short periods of time in any room with condensation.
• Air out the kitchen, bathroom and laundry during and after use by opening a window for a few minutes.
• Use a fan in short cycles within a room when the problem is excessive or use the dehumidifying setting on your air-conditioner.
• Wipe down wet surfaces and keep windows and walls as dry as possible.
• Make sure your windows are correctly and adequately sealed.
Window Leaks and Seals
It is extremely important to check your windows and doors for air leaks before the winter weather hits. Making sure that your windows and doors are well-sealed can drastically impact heating bills.