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August 14, 2013, 6:51 pm Yahoo!7
How to trap heat in your house to save energy and money.
Pesky drafts not only allow heat to escape, they also let the cold in. By installing a draft excluder that automatically flips up when the door opens, you block airflow from the outside. They're easy to install, and there’s a range to suit various doors, whether they’re inward or outward opening.
Timber is a pretty good insulator in its own right, but if you feel air coming up through the gaps of your floorboards, one of the easiest and quickest remedies is to put down heavy rugs. They’ll stop most of the airflow and heat loss, look homely and feel comfortable underfoot, too. It’s a win-win!
A surprising amount of heat is lost through windows, so hang heavy curtains to lock it in. Keep curtains fully drawn from just before sunset until sunrise, but have them wide open during the day to allow the sun to heat up the room. A pelmet with an enclosed top added to the mix will make them more effective.
Heat leakage occurs because it always flows to where it’s colder. Different parts of the house lose heat in different amounts, but on average you lose about 25-35 per cent through an uninsulated roof, 10-20 per cent through windows, 10-20 per cent through suspended floors and 15-25 per cent through air leakage. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to remedy the problem. One of the first steps is to insulate the ceiling. The requirements vary around Australia due to climate – in certain areas reflective (foil) insulation may be better than bulk insulation (batts). To select the right type for your area, visit yourhome.gov.auRelated:
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