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Winter Warming Tips

 

"We can't believe the difference the new insulation in our roof has made. We don't have to light our fire as often and the whole house just feels more comfortable." Ros Hart, Newstead   "We can't believe the difference the new insulation in our roof has made. We don't have to light our fire as often and the whole house just feels more comfortable." Ros Hart, Newstead

Ros and David live in a beautiful federation home built in 1863. With high ceilings and sash windows, keeping their home warm in winter was a real challenge. “We called in Enviroshop to see if our insulation was adequate” said Ros. “They recommended that we top-up our existing wool with a recycled glass product. Enviroshop installed R6 Earthwool for us and we couldn’t be happier with the result.”

Ros and David live in a beautiful federation home built in 1863. With high ceilings and sash windows, keeping their home warm in winter was a real challenge. “We called in Enviroshop to see if our insulation was adequate” said Ros. “They recommended that we top-up our existing wool with a recycled glass product. Enviroshop installed R6 Earthwool for us and we couldn’t be happier with the result.”

Enviroshop Newstead offer a FREE home assessment for anyone wanting advice about how to be warmer in winter. We can assess your insulation, the best heating options for your home, window treatments and glazing, draught proofing and lighting needs. Call 5472 4160 to book your assessment today!

Top tips for staying warm this winter

  1. Earthwool Ceiling BattsHave you updated your insulation? Insulation provides the best value investment to reduce your heating bills and increase your comfort yet most homes do not have enough. The minimum recommended R value for ceiling insulation in Central Victoria is R4 but an energy efficient home is likely to have R6+ insulation. Equally you should have a minimum of R2 insulation under your floor. If you're not sure if you need extra insulation give us a call and book a FREE home assessment on 5472 4160.
  2. draftstoppaHave you sealed all your gaps and draughts? Cold draughts create discomfort even in well heated homes. Old doors and windows tend to develop gaps over time and timber floors often have gaps between the boards. There can also be hidden gaps in your ceiling insulation caused by down lights and ceiling fans which can cause draughts and heat loss. Sealing gaps is time consuming but can greatly increase comfort.
  3. Have you upgraded your glazing or window coverings? A single-glazed window has an R value of 0.15 which means your windows are a significant source of heat loss and have a cooling effect if you are sitting close to them on a winter's day. Simple secondary glazing products like our Duck winter window kits can reduce discomfort and slow down heat loss. Honeycomb blinds and heavy curtains can also provide more comfort.
  4. air-transfer-kits_clip_image001Is the heat where you need it? Many homes have a single heat source like a wood or gas space heater leaving one comfortable space and the rest of the home too cold to enjoy. A heat shifter is a simple and affordable way to move heat around your home by ducting the excess hot air to other rooms in the home.
  5. Use solar to offset your electric heating. Many homes need occasional added electric heating for cold corners. Choose highly energy efficient heating solutions like heated floor mats for under a computer desk or the Eco-panel heater and offset the energy they use by installing a solar system.