Are you looking for easy ways to weatherproof your home and add an extra level of comfort and safety for your family? We’ve put together a few ideas to help you move in the right direction so that you can save yourself money and improve your home to be able to endure Australia’s harsh climate.
A cheap solution to stopping cold air entering or leaving your home is to fill the gaps between your door and the floor with a door draft stopper placed on the inside of each door. If you are creative and can sew, then you can design them yourself or alternatively, you can purchase them from your local homeware store. They come in different shapes, colours and sizes and are also a great addition to add style to your room.
Sealing the gaps between doors and windows within your home can save you roughly 10-15% on your energy bills. Use weather stripping or caulk to seal the gaps that are causing trouble by letting unwanted hot and cold air flow through your home. Make sure you remove any old stripping, caulk or paint before you apply new sealer so that it works effectively!
Honeycomb cellular blinds for your windows offer fantastic insulation. Although they may be more expensive than other solutions, honeycomb blinds ensure privacy, filter light and keep the house temperature regulated! They can come horizontal or vertical, single celled or double celled and they can even come remote controlled! They are perfect for glass windows or sliding doors, dramatically decreasing the workload of your air conditioner. Lower your blinds at night to prevent the cold air from cooling the room and open them up during the day so that the energy from the warm sun will heat up your home.
Insulating is the most effective way to improve energy efficiency of your home, adding insulation to your attic or basement isn’t cheap, although it will definitely be an investment worth your time and money. Large amounts of heat can be lost through uninsulated floors, ceilings and walls. Insulating your home helps keep heat in during winter but also keeps your home cool during summer. If you’re looking for a way to save heating and cooling energy by up to 45-55%, then adding insulation to your attic and basement is the best way to achieve this.
The exterior of your home is the first layer of defence against the elements. When it comes to keeping cool during the harsh Australian summer one of the most effective ways to do this is with heat reflective paint also known as ‘cool roof paint’. Harsh UV rays can cause paint to crack and peel, heat reflective paint not only allows for a cooler home but also for smaller carbon emissions and energy savings of 20-40%. The roof of your home endures huge amounts of heat, especially during Australian summers. Painting the roof of your home with heat reflective paint will prevent up to 80% of solar radiation from being absorbed into your home and a cooler home means more comfort for your family but also less use of air conditioning, saving you some extra money.
When was the last time you cleaned your gutters? Leaf build up in gutters and drains not only cause blockages and water overflow, but can be a potential fire hazard. Taking a look at the awful bushfires of 2020, cleaning your gutters is a minimal effort task that adds another level of safety to your home. Gutter guards are an excellent way to prevent large amounts of leaves and debris from ending up in your gutters. Gutter guards might not catch everything, nobody’s perfect, but they will significantly reduce the time you need to spend cleaning the gutters on your home.