Now that the sun has almost set on summer, the predictions for the upcoming winter have started to trickle in like the first cool breaths under the door and through the floorboards. But it doesn’t have to be like that.
It has been said that Australia is headed for one of the coldest winters on record. This forecast, made by amateur meteorologist David Taylor, predicts that we will experience extremely low temperatures, and more than our fair share of snowfall. Mr Taylor claims the extremely cool weather will impact most of the country. Known to have correctly predicted major weather events in the past, Mr Taylor uses a special formulaic method based on sunspot activity, Global Forecast System modelling and the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecast.
Therefore with the oncoming winter snap about to blanket the country, now is a good time to discuss how best to make your home as warm as possible. Of course there is always the solutions involving heaters and ducted air-conditioning for when the deep cold sets in. However, one of the first concerns for most owners is the cost of electricity. Many people become afraid to turn on their heating because they believe they can actually hear the money being drained from their account as their home is being warmed.
Although electricity can be expensive, there are ways in which you can ensure you get the most out of your heating appliances. Here are some tried and trusted methods:
Your nana’s door snake. You know, the elongated semi-beanbags seen at the bottom of doors? If you are living in an older house where the doors do not have draught stoppers at the bottom, then a door snake is a good and cost effective way to stop heat from escaping and cool draughts from coming in.
Window sealer and thicker curtains. Some windows can have little gaps between the window itself and the frame, which means cold air is able to get in. Combine that with the cold coming in through the glass, and that is a lot of lost energy. A window sealer will be able to fill the gap to stop the cold air coming in and the heat escaping. To address the glass factor, opting for thicker curtains in winter will also reduce energy wastage by providing additional insulation against the colder months. By blocking the cold that can seep through a window, your heating system will not have to work as hard, or as long, to keep your place warm.
Underfloor insulation. If you have a home that has old style wooden floors, with nothing underneath them except a crawl space, then there is a good chance cold air is seeping in through the cracks. This is where Foamex can help you. Expol Underfloor Insulation is perfect for retro-fitting in existing homes. Placed snugly between the floor joists, Expol will ensure your home is protected from extreme outdoor temperatures. Safe and easy to install, Expol Underfloor Insulation is great for keeping your home warmer in winter, and can save you up to 12% on your heating bill.
Expol is not just for existing homes, it can also be used in conjunction with new builds, and should be something you discuss with your builder or architect.
Wall and roof insulation. Two of the main areas responsible for the loss of heat in a home, insulating your walls and roof are great ways to ensure your home stays warm and cosy during the upcoming winter months. Foamex Styroboard XPS sheets are one of the most versatile forms of insulation available. The extruded polystyrene sheets deliver excellent thermal insulation, with their R-values helping to increase your Energy Efficiency Rating (EER), which will add value to your home or build.
So if you really want to prepare your home for the upcoming winter that will soon be upon us, and would really love to save money on your electricity bill as well, contact your local Foamex office or complete our online enquiry form.