As the seasons change, the weather conditions change drastically too. The fluctuating climate of the northern hemisphere can result in the need to generate high levels of energy to warm or cool our homes, which of course, then results in high energy bills.
When it comes to being more energy-efficient, there are many ways our homes can help us be more eco-friendly. Read on to learn 5 ways you can control the changeable climate within your home.
1. Install double-glazed, energy-efficient windows
Single glazed windows allow a considerable amount of heat out, making it very difficult to keep your home warm in the winter. By installing double glazed windows you will find you no longer need to have your heating temperature so high and can reduce the time you keep the heaters on for.
Using Low-E glass is another way to minimize heat loss. This glass has a microscopically thin, transparent coating that reflects long-wave infrared energy. This means when the inside heat tries to escape outside, the Low-E coating reflects the heat inwards, preventing heat loss.
In the summer double-glazed windows also help to control how much heat is coming in. Awning windows, in particular, are an excellent energy-saving option, especially for the summer. This is because they enable great air circulation meaning you can reduce your reliance on an air conditioner.
2. Eliminate drafts
Gaps under windows and doors can create serious drafts, also known as infiltration. Just like an open door or window, drafts can make it impossible to keep heat inside. To solve this problem, Weaver Exterior who has over 20 years’ experience in installing windows suggest making sure your windows are tightly sealed with high-quality seals and weather strips.
Aside from eliminating drafts, tight seals around your window frame will help to prevent moisture from entering your home. This prevents the build-up of mold during cold and damp weather, protecting your health and your wallpaper.
3. Insulate the roof and walls
When it comes to retaining heat in your home proper insulation in the roof and wall cavities is vital. Insulated roofs and walls act as a thermal buffer between the outside weather and the inside climate. This is beneficial for all seasons. During winter months, the insulation will trap heat in the house preventing heat loss. Likewise, in the summer it will stop too much heat from getting in.
You can assess whether or not you need extra home insulation. The most effective way to do this is by using an infrared camera to take pictures of the exterior of your house. These thermal images will help you determine the amount of heat loss occurring through your walls and roof, and to see the exact points where the most heat loss is occurring.
4. Use ceiling fans
Just like heating, air conditioning can cause electricity bills to dramatically increase. There is also debate about how healthy air conditioners are, and the units require high maintenance and professional cleaning. A friendlier option for both the environment and your wallet is a ceiling fan.
Ceiling fans can make a room feel cooler by circulating air and creating a breeze effect. Ceiling fans are good for spreading the air evenly throughout the room and are cheaper to run and maintain than air conditioners.
Another benefit to ceiling fans that many people are unaware of is that they can help to heat your home in the winter. Because heat rises, there is a tendency for heat to pool around the top of the ceiling. A fan set at a low speed can help to disperse hot air throughout a room without making the room feel cold. You can also buy ceiling fans with the ENERGY STAR® certification which are typically 20% more efficient than standard fans.
5. Switch to ENERGY STAR® products
As well as ceiling fans, many products have the ENERGY STAR® certification. The ENERGY STAR® symbol means that the product is certified as meeting or exceeding energy efficiency specifications through guidelines that have been set by the Canadian government.
Each ENERGY STAR® product is given a ‘climate zone’ rating. These ratings ensure that the products you purchase are suited to the type of climate you live in therefore, be sure to check which zone you are located in before buying.
Taking these steps will not only benefit you and your bank balance, but they will also help to create a greener and cleaner environment. With the current state of climate change, how your home affects the environment is an important thing to consider and address