While the rest of the world welcomes in the spring months, the temperatures are soon set to drop in Australia. Of course, our autumn and winter seasons won’t see the extreme temperature drops you’d experience in a place like New York City, but wooly socks and an extra layer are still usually in order in most parts of the country!
We’re going to take a look at a few things you can do around the house that will help keep some precious heat locked in. Of course, before we know it, the temperatures will be scorching again - so these suggestions are ones that will work great whatever the weather throws at your home!
A lot of people associate double glazing with keeping a house warm, but it can also prevent cold breeze infiltrating your home and making the temperatures drop! Our main concern right now is keeping the temperature up, and there are few home improvements you can make that are more effective at this than double glazing. It’s estimated that around 60% of the heat loss your average home experiences takes place through the windows, so if you haven’t gotten round to installing this handy extra insulation, now might be about the time to do it!
If you want to insulate these areas around your window further, then you should cover them. This, of course, means using curtains! The problem with curtains, however, is that it becomes difficult to control how much light comes in and where. Shutters combat this problem by allowing you to adjust the light levels that enter the house, as well as the air flow. This is also what makes them so useful during the warmer months, too, which is what most people associate their usefulness with. But just like double glazing, shutters can help in both temperature extremes!
Whenever the temperature is about to change from one ‘extreme’ to another, it’s always worth giving your HVAC system a good check. Dirt, dust, rust - all of these things can build up in there over time, severely damaging the efficiency of the system. When you need the heating on, an accumulation of foreign materials can create an odd odor. (There’s also somewhat of a fire risk; not big enough to make an immediate fuss over, but a fire risk of any size is probably not something you want around your house.) Of course, getting the system inspected and fixed up will also be good for the air conditioning and ventilation when things warm up again!
Some strategically-placed vegetation can actually help with the temperature of your home all year round. The best kinds are tall and wide ones - trees are an obvious one that come to mind! These can act as a sort of awning, helping you block the cold winds (they’re essentially acting as windbreaks.) These help when the temperature rises back up because they keep the sun’s rays from hitting your windows and walls, which is basically what turns your home into an oven during summer!