Many homeowners in Australia think that to stay cosy in their homes, they have to completely depend on their heating and cooling system. While this definitely helps maintain optimal indoor temperature, it is the main culprit to extremely high utility bills.
Keeping a home comfortable is possible without having to increase energy consumption. In fact, you can do this while retaining or even improving energy efficiency simultaneously. The secret is to knowing the parts of your home that directly affect its comfort and performance levels.
So before launching any kind of home improvement project, start with the following.
Structural damage in your home may cause draughts, including cracks and gaps. Usually found in windows, roofs, and walls, they can cause up to 25% heating or cooling loss, resulting in poor HVAC performance. By sealing these draughts you can prevent this significant loss, and even extend the life of your furnace or boiler and your air conditioner.
Insulating the roof and walls.
Properly-installed insulation, such as external timber cladding, can contribute greatly to the overall comfort and performance of your home. There are many types of cladding materials, with some designed to provide both aesthetic and functional value. External cladding, such as timber, is often employed to this end.
Covering heat-gain and heat-loss contributors.
Aside from draughts, another big problem with windows is that they can lose or gain a lot of heat (depending on the season), especially when left bare or unprotected. Fortunately, these are some of the cheapest to improve parts of your home. Curtains, drapes, blinds, and shutters are affordable window treatments that can be used a protection from these heat gains and losses.
Aside from paving the way to a more comfortable, energy-efficient home, these improvements also help increase its overall value, since they deliver aesthetic benefits as well. Enjoy a much better home environment with these easy fixes.