Keeping Warm: Preventing Heat Loss

When the weather gets cold, most people respond
by turning up the central heating (if they have it) or by going out and buying a portable electric heater, little realising that they're probably throwing money away.

Up to 35% of heat loss from a house is through an uninsulated ceiling.

Staying warm the smart way involves thinking about your unique situation and first making an effort to ensure that your home
isn't leaking heat. Only then should you think about active measures to heat your home.

Tips for keeping the heat in:

  • Cover your windows with thick, well-fitted curtains and pelmets to block drafts.
  • Fill any cracks in walls, ceilings, cornices, around window frames and doors and gaps between floorboards.
  • Put weatherstripping around doors and windows to block these gaps.
  • See if your house has adequate insulation. Homes in most of Australia's
    climate regions should have ceiling insulation at least, with insulation for exterior walls recommended in most areas. Depending on your house design and local climate, you may also wish to consider insulating the floor or basement, an attic
    or the edges of a concrete slab (particularly if you have an in-slab heating system).
  • If you have a garden, think about how your landscaping may effect heat in your home. For example, evergreen trees over north facing windows will block winter
    and summer sun. Trees and other vegetation can also be planted in position to
    block cold winds. Roof-top gardens and ivy-covered walls can also have an insulating effect.