Winter is almost here, and for most Australians, this would be a picture of us wrapped up in blankets, curled up in front of a heater or a fireplace. Most people find it difficult to find comfort during the cold, but this is because most people often forget the basic rules of science for energy transfer.
Lucky for us, we don’t need to go into hardcore science to make an efficient, energy-saving environment in our home. Most of these can be simplified into tasks as simple as moving our things, eating the right food, and most importantly, making the right choices.
Here are 5 pointers on how to keep the warmth inside your home during this chilly season:
- Maximise insulation
The first rule is to seal up the heat inside. Beware the sneaky gaps in your house where heat can escape – attics, kitchen hood vents and empty fireplaces, to name a few – and cover them up the best you can.
About 25% of heat is lost through the roof and walls, but this can be addressed by installing loft or cavity wall insulation. Save up to 10% of heat by adding a roll of carpet and rugs to keep the room warmer to the floor. A closed door can sometimes do wonders in terms of keeping your favourite rooms cozy.
- Reorient your furniture and appliances
Make sure that your vents and heaters are never obstructed with anything, especially your furniture and appliances. Not only it can damage your air pressure flow and heat exchanger system, it can also cost you a little extra for heat that has not properly dissipated throughout the rooms.
- Let the sunlight in
When the sun is shining, you need to get as much as you can of that natural and free heat. Even during the coldest days, the sun still gives off warmth to anywhere its light shines to. Leave your window shades and curtains open during the day to welcome the warmth in but close them as soon as dusk arrives to keep the heat from going out of your house again. Thick curtains make for another good layer of insulation to keep heat inside.
- Put more focus on people
Let’s keep it real – it’s easier to warm yourself rather than warm your whole house. Save hundreds in energy bills when you dress in layers, wearing your wool sweaters, socks and hat to prevent heat loss. Eat more warm meals, and pair it up with hot beverages such as coffee, tea or hot cocoa, but skip the booze since alcohol lowers your core body temperature. Do something active – clean the house or play a game – as moving generates more natural body heat to keep you warm.
- Choose the best air conditioning system
While portable heaters might be popular this season, reverse cycle air conditioning systems prove to be more efficient and cost-effective. It acts as a cooler for summer and a heater for winter, all in one unit. In its heating system, instead of converting electricity to heat, it gets the heat from outside and brings it inside your household while filtering dirt and allergens, all using the most energy efficient techniques.
How Apex Airconditioning Can Help
Providing high-quality air conditioning units and services seasoned by a long history of integrity and expertise in the industry, Apex Airconditioning can help you choose the most efficient heaters and heating system suitable for your home. With inspections and installations brought to you by our highly skilled team, get your brand-new air conditioning unit today and enjoy the winter without worrying about super-chilly, freezing days.
Contact Apex Airconditioning to learn more about reverse cycle air conditioning and enjoy a toasty warm winter!