Is Your Home Ready For The Spring And Summer Ahead?
Before we know it, spring will have arrived and not knowing what the weather holds for us, every homeowner needs to make sure their home is ready.
The temperature is already starting to rise and it won't be long before it gets hot / wet / windy with the arrival of spring. Before it's too late, there are a few things that need to be done to ensure your home is ready with these 3 easy, green tips.
Insulate Windows and Doors
No matter the weather outside, home insulation is designed in such a way that it keeps a home cool in summer and warm in winter. Insulating a home is not just about placing a layer of Think Pink or ceiling insulation in the ceiling space and waiting for miracles - there are other steps to be done in order to have a fully-insulated home.
Gaps around windows and doors are the main reason for insulation products not being able to heat or cool a house. Where there are gaps there is heat loss or gain. The only way to overcome this is to use the right products to solve issues around windows and doors.
- Insulation Strips
Foam-rubber strips are available in different thicknesses and they come with a self-adhesive backing that makes it easy to install around window frames and door frames. Simply peel off the backing and place the insulation strip where you want it to close gaps. It's also not an expensive product, so it won't cost a lot to do your entire home.
- Draught Excluders or Door Sweeps
When fitted to the bottom of doors that allow access into a home, these devices work to keep out draughts that normally gain access through large gaps at the bottom of doors. Again, not an expensive product and easy to fit with a screwdriver.
If there are areas in your home where rooms are hot or cold depending on the season, adding these extra insulation materials will work towards a successfully insulated home.
Check your Roof
If you didn't get the chance to inspect the roof before winter, now is the time to get out your ladder and give it a good looking over. You don't want to get caught with leaks dripping through ceilings or water running down walls, so make sure it looks in good condition and there are no loose or broken tiles, slipping ridge caps, holes in waterproofing, or anything else that could damage the structure.
This is also a good time to start thinking about installing solar panels. We all know how inconveniencing load shedding can be and there doesn't seem to be any hope on the horizon that this is going to stop in the future, but more than that, the price hike in the cost of electricity is going to be hard for everyone. Solar power might not offer instant savings, but it will give you long-term savings you won't regret. Plus, you will have hot water on tap when everyone else doesn't.
Controlling Interior Temperature
Winter or summer, warm or cold, you have some control over the temperature within a house by using electrical appliances. Insulating windows and doors is the first step and we have discussed this above, but if you want to save money on your monthly electrical bills, proper insulation is a must if you use a heater or winter warmth or an air conditioner to keep a home cool in summer, or even provide heat in winter.
Air conditioners should be serviced regularly to ensure optimum performance. An air conditioner that is not regularly cleaned and has blocked vents will struggle to provide cool air and this will result in overloading the motor and damage to the unit. Keep an air conditioner clean and regularly remove any filters to prevent these from being clogged with dust.