How to Make Your Wellington Home Warmer and Drier
Winters in Wellington can get pretty cold, which isn't exactly a good thing, especially for your health. A healthy home needs to be warm and dry, because a cold or damp house can lead to several illnesses. In order to keep your house warm and dry, you need to have heating and insulation systems in place, along with various other alterations.
However, there is more to keeping a house warm and dry. Here are some useful tips that might come in handy.
For starters, let’s focus on the house in general. Here is what you need to do:
• Make sure your ceiling insulation is in proper condition. Most of the heat loss, which is around 30 to 35 % occurs when the ceiling insulation is improper or in a worst case scenario, not even insulated.
• Even the smallest gaps between doors or windows can cause your home to lose a lot of heat. Make sure these gaps are insulated. You can use a sealer such as V-Seal to make sure these gaps remain shut.
• Ventilation is also necessary to make sure that your home remains warm. It prevents condensation and also keeps your home environment healthy by preventing the growth of mold.
• If you have damp soil under your house, then the use of a polythene vapor barrier will be required to keep the dampness from rising up into your home.
Now, let’s focus on your bedrooms. Here are a few things you can do to keep things warm:
• Check your room temperature using a thermometer. Ideally, your room temperature needs to be between 16 to 18 degrees Celsius. Adjust your thermostat accordingly.
• When it comes to blankets, stick to wool as they provide way more warmth than synthetic blankets.
• Use curtains for your windows. They help in keeping the heat sealed in. In fact, you can try purchasing lined curtains that have enclosed tracks. Keep your curtains open during the daytime, to let the bright sunlight and heat in, but make sure the curtains are closed by dusk.
• If you have plants or vegetation growing near your windows, then remove them. This will help trap whatever sunlight and heat is available. Do this especially for the North facing windows.
• To eliminate the dampness in the bedroom, make sure to wipe off the condensation on the windows every day. This will prevent the moisture from getting evaporated into the air. Too much moisture in the air can make it harder for you to heat the house.
• If you have a de-humidifier, you can run it along with the heater. This will increase the heat because the dehumidifier will suck out the moisture.
• Keep your wardrobes open in order to allow for more air circulation. Closed wardrobes retain moisture, which will cause mould to grow.
These are some tips you can implement to keep your home warm and dry but, the best way to make sure your home is kept comfortable and warm is to opt for double glazing. Double glazing involves trapping air between two layers of glass, which are used in windows or doors. Since air is a poor conductor of heat, it helps retain the heat inside the house. Plus, if you add Low Emissivity Glass on one side, you will end up retaining more heat in your home. Another option is the use of double glazed aluminum windows, which are very effective in keeping your house warm and dry.
To know more about services related to Double Glazing in Wellington or Double Glazed Aluminum Windows in Wellington, contact High Performance Windows at 04 568 5687 or visit the website at www.hpw.co.nz. High Performance Windows offers double glazing services in Wellington for windows and doors.
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