May typically means the start of the colder days – and boy has the cold hit this year! Though you might want to start cranking the thermostat higher and higher, there are a few tips that will help you keep your home warm through the colder and darker months of the year.
Tip 1 - Seal Up Any Air Leaks
Gaps or air leaks completely undermine the insulative ability of your home and can account for as much as 25% of the heat lost. The easiest way to tell if your windows are leaking is to hold a small, lit piece of incense near the perimeter of your windows. If the smoke form the incense starts to move erratically you have a leak.
It’s also worth checking that both the internal and external seals are in good condition, and seal shut against each other when the window is closed.
Tip 2 - Make The Most of the Sun
In those magic winter moments when the sun is out, make sure you’re letting it into your home! Open your curtains up to the eastern sun in the morning or the western sun in the afternoon and let it warm your home.
You can also use your homes ‘thermal mass’ to slowly heat indoor spaces. Concrete tiles or bricks can slowly absorb and then release the suns heat. The lower winter rays can penetrate these areas through the north-facing glass and heat your home for longer.
Tip 3 - Use Your Curtains
When the sun is behind the clouds or has set for the day – close your curtains. Well-fitting curtains are an excellent barrier to stop cold air from entering and warm air escaping.
This also means that your curtains will heat your heating run more efficiently – keeping you warmer with a lower power output and saving you money.
Tip 4 - Upgrade Your Single Pane Windows
Single-pane windows aren’t especially effective at keeping the cold out of your home during the winter. For ultimate home efficiency double-glazed windows are the gold standard. Featuring two panes of glass that separate a layer of argon gas for ultimate thermal performance.
Aluminium windows with thermal breaks – a separated frame joined with low-conductive material – to reduce the transfer of cold temperatures through the frame and into your home.
Windows with inline reveals will also help you minimise air leaks due to their flush placement with surrounding walls.
The Thermal Star 250 Series – Made for Ultimate Thermal Performance
The Thermal Star 250 Series features double glazing, a thermally broken frame and inline reveals as standard so you don’t have to shiver through winter (or wilt in summer), making it the ultimate window and door solution for energy efficiency, value and comfort.
Chat to our team today about how the Thermal Star range can boost your home comfort in your future home or renovation.
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