Did you know that around 20 to 30 per cent of an uninsulated home’s heat can be lost through windows? It’s a good idea to go around the house and check for any draughts.
Fitted double-glazing can considerably reduce heat loss, resulting in increased comfort and savings, but it can also be quite expensive. A more cost-effective hack for sealing your windows and cat flaps is DIY double glazing. Home improvements stores sell easy-to-install window insulator kits - a fairly simple way to seal any draughts shut, and keep the heat in.
Also, consider towel rolls: rolling up towels and placing them into curtain rail gaps has been tested to demonstrate having “a measurable effect.”
Heat pumps usually come with a timer, and electric heaters can be coupled with a cheap plug-in timer. By timing your heaters to turn on about an hour before you arrive home, and setting them to about 20 degrees, you’ll be walking into a cosy home, and maybe saving money too.
One of the key hacks we found was the fan-and-column duet: oil columns gradually heat up a room, but they tend to provide uneven heat distribution. According to Consumer NZ, placing a small table fan next to the heater circulates the heat more effectively and evenly around the room. The fan helps the column heater warm a room three times faster.
The average Kiwi family home produces up to eight litres of moisture per day from simply cooking and showering. And moisture may contribute to your heating and cooling systems working overtime to be able to make your home comfortable for you.
A few ways to help reduce humidity, and perhaps save on energy costs, are:
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