Now that winter has well and truly settled in on the Gold Coast, we can all admit to having a love-hate relationship with the cold season. The good news is, by employing some of these 5 tips, you can start to create a warmer house and learn to counter those bone-chattering chills that plague us from June until August. And the even better news? You won't need to spend a fortune on electricity using your heater.
You might be surprised to know that up to 20-40% of the heat in your home is escaping through uncovered windows! That cold, crisp breeze outside is the culprit, chilling glass panes which in turn act as giant refrigerators. If you don't currently have any curtains over your windows, now is the perfect time to make the investment; not only can a great set of curtains tie the room together, but you'll certainly be making a difference in creating a warmer house in winter.
For Gold Coast properties that truly feel the brute force of a chilly winter, insulation may be a great option for you. While it's not always cheap to have this installed, it's worth weighing the pros and cons of insulation versus air-conditioning and natural airflow in your home. Remember, having an insulated home isn't just a benefit in winter; keeping the cool air inside during Summer is also part of the package.
What may seem like common sense is often the most easily overlooked. Simply by shutting the doors on rooms and spaces that you aren't occupying, you can keep the heat contained inside the areas you are using by creating barriers for warm air. Controversially though, there are some doors that are better left open! After showering or running a hot bath, leaving the bathroom door open can help heat and steam travel between adjoining rooms.
Draughts can account for a startling drop in room temperature when left untouched. By sealing cracks and gaps beneath windows and doors using weather stripper, purchasing a cheap door snake for the bottom of your doors and using a gap filler for cracks in the wall, you'll be well on your way to a warmer house in winter.
Lastly, and almost most importantly, put some clothes on. It's much easier to warm yourself than to warm your home, so even if you would never be seen in public wearing a novelty pair of Ugg Boots, it's hard to deny the warmth they bring. Put on a jumper, slip into some track pants and boil the kettle for a hot cup of coffee or tea.
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