Get ready for winter

Snuggle up: Making your home thermally efficient and choosing a heater or fireplace that is right for your space means you can keep your energy costs down over the winter period.
Snuggle up: Making your home thermally efficient and choosing a heater or fireplace that is right for your space means you can keep your energy costs down over the winter period.

The weather is already starting to cool down and many people are preparing their homes so they can remain comfortable for when the temperature drops.

While you want to heat up your home to make it nice and cosy no-one wants to end up with an electricity bill that's going to send them bankrupt.

There are ways to make your home as thermally efficient as you can so your heater can work at its optimum. This includes:

  • Insulation - A well-insulated house can use as much as 45 per cent less energy for heating and cooling
  • Eliminate draughts - Make sure windows and doors are well sealed, any cracks around the home are repaired and use door snakes to keep the cold air from coming in
  • Use curtains and blinds - The most significant air leaks tend to occur around windows. Heavy curtains prevent the warm air from escaping. Also open your blinds and curtains during the day to let the natural warmth in
  • Reposition your furniture - You will feel warmer if you position yourself and your furniture closer to the inside of the house and away from external walls

If you need to purchase a heater one of the most important considerations to make is how big the space is that you want to heat up.

For an energy efficient house, use space heating only in rooms that are actually being used or use a zoned central heater to reduce running costs.

There are plenty of options you can choose to heat your home from ducted or reverse cycle air conditioning, gas heating and electric heating to wood heaters and underfloor heating.

Each comes with its own pros and cons and it's best to speak to a heating professional to see what will work best for your home. Remember to compare the energy star ratings before making your purchase.

Air conditioning systems that heat and cool are a popular option as they provide comfort all year round.

However, there are those who love nothing more than snuggling up in front of a warm heater when the chill sets in.

There are also some stunning design options available now to suit all budgets meaning your heater or fireplace can become a focal point of your home.

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