Though winters in Australia aren't quite as frigid as they are in other parts of the world, you still want to be comfortable in your own home.
In this post, we'll share with you our top tips on how to have a cozy and warm home during the winter months.
We'll also fill you in on the best ways to keep your heating bill low and your overall energy efficiency high.
After all, comfort shouldn't come at too high of a price.
1. Furniture Placement is Key
Feeling like your home's decor is in need of a bit of an upgrade?
The good news is that you can use your quest to get a warm home in the wintertime as an excellent excuse to move around some of your furniture.
While putting your favourite chair over your radiator might seem like a good idea, all it really does is end up blocking the airflow throughout your room and home. In other words? That chair might feel nice and toasty, but the rest of the home will still be cold.
Move your furniture so that you leave at least a half a meter in between your furniture and your radiator.
2. Focus on Proper Insulation
If you want to keep your heat bill low and your home warm at the same time, the importance of good insulation cannot be overstated.
While this can be done post build it is far better to do it at the building stage and Champion Homes includes insulation as part of their standard inclusions.
If your radiator is attached to a wall, place a bit of foil behind it. This will help to ensure that the heat circulates back into the room.
You should also take a look at your roof, as about 1/4 of your heat will be lost through a roof without proper insulation. We strongly advise you to look into loft insulation. You should also check to ensure that your hot water tank (should you have one) is properly insulated.
3. Timing Matters
Especially if your priority is to keep your monthly bills for heating as low as possible -- and to ensure that your heating solutions are as eco-friendly as possible -- you should absolutely invest in a programmable thermostat.
This way, you won't even need to remember to turn it down when you're stepping out, falling asleep, or when the temperature is a bit more tolerable.
Additionally, we suggest setting the timer so that your heating system begins working about 30 minutes before you get home or wake up in the mornings.
If you set it early and at a lower temperature, you'll save energy (and, by extension, money) than if you just crank up the temperature when you need it.
4. Pick up a Humidifier
Investing in a humidifier can help you to have a warm home during the chillier parts of the year.
Home heating systems -- and closed doors and windows -- can quickly make the air in your home especially dry.
First of all, all of that dry air can cause fast cold and flu symptoms, and even lead to a potential increase in bloody noses (especially among young children.) Additionally, if your air doesn't have enough moisture in it, you won't be able to get comfortable.
Investing in a humidifier can help fix all of these issues.
6. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
While many people associate ceiling fans with keeping everyone cool in the warmer seasons, few realize that they can also help to prevent all of the warm air in your home from getting trapped up towards the ceilings.
All you have to do is switch the rotation direction of your fan. In the winter months, ensure that your fan rotates clockwise.
This will help to "spread out" that warm air that's by the ceiling throughout your home. If you have higher or vaulted ceilings, this tip is an absolute must-do.
You Deserve a Warm Home This Winter
We hope the tips on this list have helped you to understand not only how to ensure you have a comfortable and warm home this winter, but also how to save money and lessen your environmental impact in the process.
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